Habitat for Humanity reaches out to veterans

8:09 AM, Sep 11, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is starting a new outreach effort to make sure military veterans have a place to call home.

They're searching for local veterans to help provide them with affordable housing, whether that's placing them in new homes or making upgrades to their existing ones.

On Monday Habitat for Humanity began work on the home of wounded Iraq war veteran Sgt. Brian Neill in Minneapolis. Neill suffered a traumatic brain injury while serving. Volunteers are painting siding, touching up window trim and laying new concrete. Neill has lived in the home for over 20 years with his wife and son. "It's kind of a way of saying thank you for what you've done. For a lot of veterans, they never hear that," Neill says about the volunteers working on his home.

Matt Haugen, with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, says they helped 19 veterans and their families last year. "Allowing them to come back and move back into a community that values them and that recognizes their sacrifice is really important," Haugen says. 

You can notify Habitat for Humanity of a veteran in need or sign up to volunteer on their website.

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