After Tragedy, Veteran Says Free Home Makeover "Restores My View of Humanity"
Our military veterans deserve gratitude and honor when they return home after service. But frequently, these service men and women struggle to find their place in civilian society—and in cases where tragedy strikes, that struggle only gets magnified. Fortunately for U.S. Air Force veteran Michael Malone, his community provided a safety net.
Michael found himself adrift after losing his daughter following his return home from active duty. The Indianapolis native lived in various cities across the country, returning home now and again to be with his mother and his sister. Then he lost both of those family members, too. Short on money and emotionally distraught, Michael was unable to take care of the house he inherited from his mother, and ended up in a local homeless shelter for veterans.
At our lowest points, life has a way of lifting us up. For Michael, help came in the form of a commitment to fix up his mother's house for free, from the Home Depot Foundation and the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation (HVAF).
More than 60 volunteers stepped up, remodeling the bathroom, installing new floors. and painting the interior of the house so that Michael could move back in.
"This just blows me away," Michael said of the effort to revitalize the home, "that there are people that are really truly that kind. It absolutely restores my view of humanity."