Honoring a Fallen Soldier and His Family

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On one of the coldest March mornings in recent memory, more than 30 Team Depot volunteers from District 278 (Fairfax, Va.) were gathered inside and outside of a home, swinging hammers and painting walls.

They were transforming the home of Navy veteran Marty Bodrog, the first victim of the September 13 Washington Navy Yard shooting.

Marty left behind his wife, Melanie, and three daughters. When a leak in the family’s home caused significant water damage and mold, volunteers from the Immanuel Bible Church and The Home Depot nearby stepped in to help.

 

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Volunteers remodeled three bathrooms, replaced interior and exterior doors, and painted the interior of the home. They also installed security and safety features including smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms, and completed landscaping projects.

Our Team Depot volunteers helped to complete the projects Marty was unable to and make the home more safe and comfortable as his family moves forward. Team Depot hopes to return to complete additional projects later this spring.

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6 Responses to “Honoring a Fallen Soldier and His Family”

  1. Ken Roberts says:

    If there is ever anything like this going on in Arizona I am an experienced construction worker and a two time veteran myself and I would gladly give my time and effort to be involved with something like this. Contact me any time and if I can I will help. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!

    • melissa says:

      Ken…contact the Team Depot Capetian at your local Home Depot stores to let them know you would be interested in volunteering you time and skills. We have have some of our regular contractors customers volunteer their time and skills to assist with our builds.

  2. Carol Rice says:

    I am trying to get in touch with someone regarding building a house in the Smyrna, GA area for a disabled veteran. Our organization is a 501c3 and has a significant amount of money to seed the build. We are in the process of identifying property and purchasing it. We would like to work with Home Depot as well as our other sponsors who have already agreed to help outfit the house for someone who is paralyzed or has lost a limb. Could you please contact me at 770-435-5009? Thank you!

  3. The Home Depot Foundation says:

    Hi Carol: Thanks for reaching out. Please reach out to us at HD_Foundation@homedepot.com and we’ll see what we can do to help. Thank you!

  4. Berdj J. Rassam says:

    That’s a great story- very heartwarming.

  5. Clark Wong says:

    Way to go! It’s nice to hear a story about people coming together for a good cause, especially with all the tragic stories or terror and heartbreak in the news. Good work. And God Bless America.

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