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US Army Vet In Philadelphia Gets Help With Home Repair Needs

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(James and Vanessa Berry stand outside their Germantown home as volunteers from "House of Heroes" perform needed repairs inside.  Photo by Pat Loeb)

(James and Vanessa Berry stand outside their Germantown home as volunteers from “House of Heroes” perform needed repairs inside. Photo by Pat Loeb)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - An army of volunteers went to work today on behalf of an Army veteran from Philadelphia, repairing his home on Magnolia Street in Germantown.

It was part of a national program called “House of Heroes.”

James Berry fought in Korea and did two tours of duty in Vietnam.  But now, at age 76, he didn’t expect his service to be recognized quite this way.

“I feel honored, and when I see so many people gathered together to give of themselves, it gives me great joy,” he told KYW Newsradio today.

House of Heroes is a nonprofit organization based in Georgia that does home renovations for veterans too old or disabled to do it themselves.

Volunteer coordinator Sam Shehane says the group decided to take their model on the road this summer.

“We really feel there’s a need to expand our organization throughout the United States,” she said.

They found veterans in five cities and enlisted local volunteers.  And she says the response in Philadelphia was one of the best anywhere.

“I was really impressed at their motivation, wanting to come out and help.  Just seeing all the volunteers here today really touched me,” she added.

Reported by Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio 1060

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