COLMESNEIL, TX (KTRE) - Home Depot along with members of the Colmesneil community are coming together to help better the life of a military veteran.
Military Vietnam veteran John Fruge and his son Eli owned the local washateria that was doing well until disaster struck in the form of hurricane Rita.
Mayor of Colmesneil Donald Baird said the family been through a lot.
"I assume they were doing alright until the hurricane came and tore the roof off of the building and they didn't have the funds or couldn't get the funds to get it back and so they've just been living in it ever since," Baird said.
Many local citizen concerns were brought to the Mayor of Colmesneil and a solution was found through the Home Depot community impact grant for veterans.
Home Depot store manager Jack Parker said they were approached about it after the grant was approved.
"The city came to us and gave us the project, we realized it was something that we could really make an impact on and change somebody's life," Parker said.
The old building was burned down and demolished last month and then the ground work for the new home began.
Over 300 volunteer hours have been put in by Home Depot employees over the last 5 months to get the project done in a timely manner and it a cause that's near and dear to their hearts.
"The Home Depot has committed a hundred million dollars over the last five years to basically provide a safe place for any veteran to live that wanted it," Parker said.
The Mayor of Colmesneil Donald Baird also came out this afternoon to help mow the lawn and to show his thanks.
"This is my seventh term and I wanted a new fire station and I wanted to get this cleaned up, we got the fire station and it's a state of the art fire station and now we've got this and so I'm ready to go," Baird said.
Home Depot workers from Lufkin, Shreveport and Longview will be putting the finishing touches on the new home throughout the weekend.
The Veteran will receive the keys to his new home on Monday.