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2 In 2007, a group of Vietnam veterans decided they wanted to do something to help our wounded veterans. In 2007, a group of Vietnam veterans decided they wanted to do something to help our wounded veterans. These men formed an organization called Vets Help Vets in order to achieve that goal.

3 VHV is a Georgia 501(C)(3) corporation whose charter is to provide home improvements for qualified veterans. We raise the necessary funds to pay for all material and supplies. To qualify for assistance, a veteran must have suffered a service- connected disability and live within our service delivery area 100% of donations received are used to purchase material and supplies. No member of Vets Help Vets receives any compensation. All work is done by volunteers. All projects will meet applicable building code requirements.

4 Since September 11 th The United States has suffered more than 6,118 combat fatalities and over 43,293 serious injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan (May 31, 2011) The high incident rate of IEDs has produced many spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries

5 Technology is saving lives From battlefield to rehab todays soldiers receive the finest medical care in the world. More of our severely injured troops are surviving the battle to return home to their families.

6 The reality however, is…. After service personnel complete their medical recovery and rehabilitation, they will most likely be discharged from the military and returned home to begin their re-integration into civilian life

7 Coming home A residence can present many challenges to a person living with a physical or mental handicap The veteran and their family are responsible for hiring a contractor to make the necessary renovations Georgia does not require contractors to be licensed, so finding a qualified contractor is not always easy

8 We offer our renovation service in the following counties Fulton Cobb Gwinnett DeKalb Cherokee Forsyth Pickens Dawson

9 Local building codes require a licensed contractor to perform electrical and plumbing work Larry Hughes and Tom Russell, who are both Vietnam vets and licensed electricians, provide electrical support for our projects Todd Goss, a Gulf War vet and a licensed plumber, provides plumbing support for our projects

10 Volunteers do all the work

11 LCPL Tracy Swearingen Stone Mountain, Georgia January 2008 Ramp area before constructionVets helping another vet Completed rampLCPL Tracy Swearingen and family

12 Grab bar installation Volunteer Dick Scharf CLASS OF 63 USMA Specialist Gentry

13 Several years ago Shepherd Center acquired an older apartment building to provide vets and their families a place to live during their transition to independent living. The apartments were dated and in need of renovations to make them more residential and less institutional. Shepherd Place Project VHV saw this as a good match with our mission statement and agreed to provide the labor and funding to renovate Shepherd Place.

14 Before After

15 Bedroom before After Front living room before After

16 BeforeAfter

17 Refinished benchDecorative backsplash Custom numberNew 37 flat screen TV

18 The parking lot was the only place you could visit outside with family and friends at Shepherd Place

19 Construction drawingReady for the trusses Next step is roofingCeiling fan and light Picnic table will accommodate two wheel chairs

20 Raised garden project for Biscayne apartments – June 2011 We received a call from a case manager at Shepherd that inquired about Vets Help Vets providing an elevated garden for the residents of Biscayne apartments. These residents are military personnel recovering from traumatic brain injury. The garden planter was constructed one week later.

21 Sgt Piper lost her leg in Afghanistan while serving with the 173 rd Airborne as a military policeman. Her father had come East to help renovate her home and had requested assistance from the West Point Society. He was referred to Vets Help Vets and we were able to apply for and receive a $5,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation to help him with the cost of material for his renovation.

22 Steps only access Re-build the entranceFollow the plan Details are importantLong hours for volunteers Ramp built to code

23 New door to downstairs bath Open toilet in master bath Roll in shower Handrail system throughout SSGT Lister in new shower

24 Make a financial donation to Vets Help Vets to continue our work Volunteer your time and talent Recommend a qualified veteran for assistance with home renovation in our service area Visit our website at to makewww.vetshelpvets.org a donation or register to volunteer

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