Categories: Veteran, Habitat Happenings, Family Stories, Home Repair, Volunteer, Habitat Tucson

Serving Those who Served: John Johnson

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Getting the call from Habitat came as a complete surprise.

A veteran who served in the 82nd Airborne Corp, John Johnson was struggling with the repairs his aging home required. A friend called on John’s behalf and Habitat Tucson’s Home Repair Supervisor Rebecca arrived and walked him through the process.

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Critical safety and accessibility repairs included new roof coating, fascia repairs, HVAC system, energy-efficient dual-pane windows, electrical, drywall repairs, and creating a more accessible shower.

After all the interior work had been completed, the new coat of bright paint felt like the cherry on top.

The biggest change for John? “The whole thing,” John said. “I like it all. They’ve done a wonderful job. They really have.”

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The critical repairs were possible through a generous grant from The Home Depot Foundation, supporting critical home repairs for veteran homeowners.

John Johnson served as an infantryman in the Vietnam War and enlisted in the Army National guard, serving for 22 years.

To this day his service hasn’t ended – only changed. Because for the past 12 years, John has volunteered with the VFW, repairing and delivering medical supplies to veterans in need in our community.

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That’s part of what’s so incredible about this experience – John got a surprise call from Habitat, and then saw his community rallying together to support him. “I am truly grateful to Habitat for Humanity, you all really saved my home. I can’t say it enough.” ~John. 

Yes! I want to support local veterans like John!

Veterans Build

See more about how Habitat provides volunteer engagement, homeownership and employment opportunities to U.S. veterans, military service members and their families at our Veterans Build page.

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