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Volunteers update home of Saginaw WWII veteran

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SAGINAW (WJRT) - (05/06/14) - A construction project at a World War II veteran's home will give him some of his freedom back.

Outside his west side Saginaw home, there's a lot of orange - and a lot of noise.

"It's from the heart. That's what it is. Just volunteering to give back to the community, give back to the veterans," said Johnathan Reid, manager of the Home Depot in Kochville Township. "All strictly volunteer. All on our own time."

The former Marine, who's now part of 'Team Depot', is working for one of his own.

"It's for Joe. He's 87 years old, he served in the Army, and we're doing a lot of upgrades," Reid said.

Joe Camese wasn't home while they were working, but his wife Dorothy was.

"Just beautiful. I, I'm just speechless," she said.

Married for 45 years, Dorothy has spent the last few years taking extra special care of the love of her life.

"He's blind, and he has dementia," she said.

When 'Team Depot' called and said they wanted to give back, she told them their backyard wasn't safe for Joe.

"I really would like an area that he can get outside. Because he loves the outdoors, and especially, it's like the hotter the weather, the better for him," she said.

A new deck will be comforting for Joe, while fencing will give Dorothy piece of mind.

"When the weather gets really nice, I'm going to enjoy watching him enjoy sitting outside," she said.

The front is being completely re-landscaped and other small projects are happening outside and in.

It's just one way the Home Depot, together with the United Way of Saginaw County, can say 'thank you' to someone who served.

"It just reinforces what I've known all my life - that God is a good God and he has a lot of good people, angels I call them, that's working on his behalf," Dorothy said.
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