Batavia veteran gets home ‘transformed’

U.S. Army Veteran, Mark Sims.

Local effort to help home feel safer, more accessible for veteran, family and service dog, part of National Celebration of Service campaign.

On Thursday, Sept. 28, The Home Depot Foundation partnered with the Operation Homefront, Inc. to transform the home of Mark Sims, a U.S. Army veteran who served our country for more than 16 years. Sims was a mine clearer during his last 18-month deployment during Operation Enduring Freedom and medically retired in 2014. He lives with severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and a moderate Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), causing anxiety, affecting his day-to-day life.

U.S. Army Veteran, Mark Sims.

Throughout the transition back into civilian life, Mark has had tremendous support from his wife Lisa and her family, who recently moved closer.

His service dog, Mousse, is a constant companion and helps him open up to those around him. Prior to the project, Mark could not access the backyard because the two-story deck and set of stairs are unsafe.

More than 30 members of Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force, completed the work on their day off help increase the safety and order of the home to help Sims better cope with PTSD.

This project in Batavia, Ohio is part of The Home Depot’s annual Celebration of Service campaign to improve the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families.

Giving back to veterans is personal to The Home Depot, as more than 35,000 of the company’s associates have served in the military. As part of the campaign, The Home Depot is encouraging the nation to “Choose to Serve” those who served the country.

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