On Thursday, dozens of volunteers headed to a home in Bristol where a man who served our country got some much needed help.
At the Bristol home of Army Staff Sgt. Abel Perez, volunteers showed up to get down to work and get their hands dirty, leaving the veteran almost speechless.
“I'm feeling - just extremely happy and grateful for what these guys are doing for me,” Perez said.
He served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was awarded the bronze star for his service.
He’s now back in Connecticut with his wife, 3-year-old daughter and a second child on the way.
"Going overseas and coming back home is a difficult transition, not just for me but for a lot of young vets and a lot of new vets coming back from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Perez said.
The House of Heroes Connecticut was there to help on Thursday. The organization has renovated 60 homes in Connecticut since 2012 and on Thursday, they spruced up Abel’s yard and built a fence.
"For these guys to just come in and in one day, do all the work they're doing - I just can't even express how grateful I am,” Perez said,
Volunteers were also removing lumber from the yard that will be used on other projects for local vets.
House of Heroes has renovated more than 900 homes nationally, and they rely on a key sponsor.
"We have an entire team of volunteers from Stanley Black and Decker, which is helping us out today. Stanley is an outstanding supporter of House of Heroes and we really couldn't do it without them,” said Dennis Buden of House of Heroes CT.
It is a tremendous show of support for Perez, who enlisted at age 17, and is slowly adjusting to life off the battlefield.
"Just a challenge for us right now to try and adapt to the normal day-to-day and it's been four-years since my last deployment but even still now, I'm trying to work on that,” Perez said.
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