Army of Volunteers Help Disabled Veteran with his Home

By KBJR News 1

November 7, 2013 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 6:55 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.COM) - An army of volunteers is helping a disabled Army Veteran get around his own home.

Army Veteran Gary Berg often has trouble getting around.
He uses a wheelchair and a cane.

When the disabled America Veterans of Duluth heard about his lack of mobility, they enlisted the help of multiple Duluth organizations to build him a ramp at his home.

"It's gonna help me out an awful lot. As far as getting around and safety wise even," says Berg.

Durbin Keeney with the Disabled American Veterans called on troops from Home Depot and Habitat for Humanity to build the project.
It's being paid for with 35 hundred dollars in grants.

Keeney says he participates in a lot of veteran projects, but this one was a personal.

"He has the same health issues that I do; he's just farther down the road. We inevitably had to have met in Vietnam because he drove trucks and I had to check those trucks and lead them up to the bomb dump," Keeney informs.

Gary recently received a new wheelchair but he can't make it up these stairs. For the crews here today...mobility is the name of the game.

"I think it's great that we're going to provide access for him to get in and out of his house. It's real important to keep your independence you know," says Tom Guerin of Home Depot.

But a ramp isn't the only gift Gary Berg is receiving. Berg has been unable to use his bathtub without assistance.

"We're going to be going from a bathtub that has a 15 inch height that he would have to step over. Pretty tough when you are in a situation like he is. So we're going to lower it to a 3 and a half inch height shower so he can easily step right in, install a couple grab bars on the walls so it will make it more accessible for him, very safe," Guerin adds.

The project continues through Friday and Berg says he knows it will be a success.

"With all the volunteers and everything, everything is going pretty smooth."

The DAV has also provided Berg with an electric wheelchair and a lift recliner, free of charge.

Posted to the web by Gabrielle Ware
gware@kbjr.com

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