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  • Team Depot comes to the aid of local veterans

  • Volunteers bring cabinets, bathroom fixtures and doors to disabled Army veteran and her daughter
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  •  Two women who come from a family that has served in the United States military for generations got something in return from a group of dedicated volunteers Saturday.
    Virginia Walton and her daughter, Veronica Cawelti, share a Dustin Acres home that needed some work, more than they could afford.
    That's were Team Depot, a group of volunteers who work at Home Depot stepped in.
    Walton and Cawelti 's Dustin acres home was a beehive of activity as 15 volunteers came in and tore out old kitchen cabinets bathroom fixtures to replace them for free.
    It's part of Home Depot's partnership with the Wounded Heroes Fund.
    Walton, an Army veteran who served in the 1970s, and Cawelti is a former United States Navy nurse.
    Military service is a long tradition in the family.
    “All my children and myself have been in the military as well as my grandfathers and great grandfathers all the way back to the Revolutionary War. We have a long tradition of service,” she added.
    A son is in Germany in the military, another has served on the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt.
    Walton is considered 100 percent disabled by the Veterans Administration and is recovering from a stroke.
    “I still have a lot of trouble with my right arm and my balance is off,” Walton said as she held her dog Peanutt while the work went on around them.
    Her house needed work, especially the counters, she said, but she didn't know how she was going to afford it. She had some work, but much more needed to be done.
    “I'm so grateful. I had almost given up hope of ever getting my kitchen fixed,” she said. “We don't have much counter space. It's hard to cook that way.”
    Then she as an advertisement in a veterans magazine mentioning Team Depot.
    She contacted them, they put her in contact with the Wounded heros fund and arrangements were made.
    It happened very quickly.
    “I heard of them less than a month ago. They have acted very fast,” Walton said.
    Team Depot came out a couple of times to take measurements and see how much work needed to be done.
    Saturday morning the Team Depot volunteers arrived in cars and trucks bearing doors, counters, cabinets and bathroom fixtures.
    Amanda Riley spoke for the volunteers .
    She said team Depot is ready to help all vetrans in need.
    “They don't have to be disabled but those are the ones we really like to help,” she said.
    Page 2 of 2 - The volunteers got a free lunch, too.
    Orchel Krier heard about the project. He visited the home on Cosworth just before 9 a.m., then came back three hours later with tri-tip sandwiches and chili from his Tumbleweed restaurant.
    When it was all done, the kitchen had new cabinets, the bathrooms had new toilets and a security door was installed.

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