After almost paying the ultimate sacrifice while serving in Iraq, disabled U.S. National Guard Veteran, Brian Terry, faced a new threat that could potentially harm his entire family. His 103 year old home was suffering from major health and safety issues, including a dangerous electrical system that was not up to code. On Tuesday, May 24th, that all changed. HomeStrong USA and Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force, replaced a fence and re-wired Brian’s entire home to make it safe for his family. In addition, HomeStrong USA and Team Depot presented a new U.S. flag to Brian in honor of Memorial Day.
“Words cannot express how thankful I am for the help,” said Brian Terry. “I was unable to get homeowner’s insurance because of the electrical code violation. We never could have done this without the help from HomeStrong USA and Home Depot.”
This Flint, Mich., native knows all too well the true definition of hard work. Brian worked in a steel mill for most of his life, but knew he was destined for something else. In 2009, at the age of 39, Brian joined the military to give back to his country. After returning from basic training, he learned that his Unit had been deployed to Iraq while he was gone. While some may see this as a blessing that he would not have to serve overseas, this was not the case for Brian Terry. After being thanked from strangers for his service, he knew what he had to do. Brian Terry volunteered to go to Iraq with a different Unit and serve as a frontline of defense, risking everything. Three weeks from returning home from a one year deployment, Brian Terry suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury from a roadside bomb. Four other soldiers from his convey were also severely injured.
“We can’t do enough for the brave men and women of the armed forces,” said Jed Davis, CEO of HomeStrong USA. “Brian Terry is a hero and we are honored to give back to him and his family.”
Representatives from Senator Connie Leyva’s Office attended the event. The project was funded through a $200,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation, which was awarded to HomeStrong USA to support the nonprofit’s Heroes Home Repair Program.
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