Home Depot builds deck for Windsor veteran - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Home Depot builds deck for Windsor veteran


A group of disabled veterans teamed with Home Depot to make some repairs and build a deck for a veteran of World War II.

Truckloads of supplies were delivered to the home of Joe Price, who spent three years in a Japanese Prison Camp.

Along with the supplies was an army of volunteers from the state disabled veterans office to replace the deck at his home in Windsor.

"We're here to help older veterans. It's the greatest generation, who gave us our freedoms," said Rick Newell of Connecticut Office of Disabled American Veterans. "And us Vietnam vets are willing to help the younger guys coming back because that's the future or our country. "

Ben Dowdell ran into Price at Home Depot and added him to the Celebrate the Service program.

"He's done so much for me," said Dominick Cortese. "He's really a friend."

Last year, the team of volunteers installed windows and doors at Price's home, but noticed the deck was shot.

The volunteers said they were willing to give up their time for this project because it repays them a thousand times over.

"Oh to see the look on any veteran's face when you're doing something for them. The gratification is just unbelievable," said Richard Pescatore of Connecticut Office of Disabled American Veterans. "It gives you a smile on your face and in your heart."

Price still has the identification photo of him taken by the Japanese and said contrasting that experience with what's being done for him Friday is overwhelming.

"Spending three years in a prison camp and then coming home to all these good folks, it's an awful contrast to deal with," Price said.

The deck was expected to be completed by the end of the day Friday and just in time a little celebration.

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