By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A military veteran is thankful for a gift that will allow him to have better access to his Northeast Philadelphia home.

More than a dozen volunteers spent their Saturday installing a back deck complete with a ramp so that 67-year-old Bert Slimmer, a Vietnam veteran who recently had his leg amputated, can safety get in and out of his home.

“It’s very heart-warming,” Slimmer said. “It will make it a lot easier going out to the ramp, getting around in the wheelchair or walker. It will help me out and my family, tremendously.”

“At least Bert now could go outside, sit and talk to neighbors,” his wife Marion said, “where before we couldn’t get him out.”

An organization called Renovating Hope, based in Westtown, Chester County, joined forces with the Home Depot Foundation to complete the work.

Renovating Hope modifies homes of injured veterans throughout the country.

Projects also include a flag pole.

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