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Volunteers complete home renovation for veterans group


When it comes to home renovation projects, an updated kitchen can be one of the most time consuming and expensive. That's why a local non-profit is celebrating tonight. It got one built in less than a week, and it didn't cost a dime.

The work was done courtesy of volunteers at a Middle Tennessee construction company.

"We build for a living. Our guys build something every single day, but, to the community, it's just that much more impactful and powerful," said John Grom, vice president of Turner Construction.

The home is one of seven owned by Operation Stand Down, a non-profit dedicated to helping military veterans transition back to civilian life, such as Jimmy Weisman.

"These are some nice houses, some really nice houses. And you've got a safe place," Weisman said.

Nearly 10 years ago, Weisman lived in one of the Operation Stand Down houses while turning his life around. Now, he's an employee of the construction company that completed this renovation.

He says the program works.

"When you've got a nice house, it teaches you the basics, how to care for stuff again,  because, you know, when you're on the bottom, it's hard. It's like you really don't have a reason to live," Weisman said.

It only took crews from Turner Construction three days to complete the $25,000 renovation project. But, really, it's about more than a kitchen. For the guys who live in the home, it represents hope.

"The residents who live here, they've come back into society. They're veterans who fought for our country, and they've come back here, and they've had hard times and now they're living in comfort and security," said Bob Tuke, president of Operation Stand Down.

Since Operation Stand Down launched its residential program in 1999, more than 1,000 men and women who have served our country, have gone through the residential living program.

Today, the group has enough space to house seven women and 35 men.

For more information on Operation Stand Down, visit: http://www.osdnashville.org.

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