NEW BRITAIN-More than 60 volunteers helped two area veterans in New Britain and Southington on Saturday as part of the House of Heroes Connecticut service program.
The organization is part of a national service that provides free home repairs to military and public safety veterans, and their spouses, who are disabled, living on a fixed income or facing other physical or financial challenges.
Army veteran Jack Palin of New Britain and Marine Corps veteran Wayne Catucci of Southington received the service.
The organization’s goal is to “Make a Difference in a Day” for veterans with the assistance of volunteers, community organizations and major corporate sponsors such as Stanley Black & Decker, PCX Aerostructures, Guaranteed Rate and Wells Fargo.
“Saturday was a beautiful, late summer day made even more beautiful changing the lives of two deserving veterans,” said Executive Director Dennis Buden.
Many local organizations, groups and businesses volunteered their time, including the Southington Rotary Club and Southington American Legion Women’s Auxiliary.
Others providing service and other support were Back 9 Tavern of New Britain, Domino’s Pizza of Southington, Dunkin’ Donuts of Southington, Fancy Bagels of Southington, Lewis Farms of Southington, New Britain High School’s Junior ROTC, Price Chopper of Southington, Southington Community Services and Stop & Shop of Southington.
Repairs at Palin’s New Britain home included new windows, carpentry, plumbing and yard work.
At Catucci’s Southington home, a family room was completed, doorways were widened and a new handicap ramp was installed to assist Catucci’s wife, Connie, who uses a wheelchair due to complications from multiple sclerosis.
“It touches me deeply to know that there are people who care,” Palin said.
Angie DeRosa can be reached at 860-801-5063 or firstname.lastname@example.org