U.S. Navy World War II veteran Albert Sturzenegger
gets help from volunteer.
A grant from the Home Depot Foundation helped volunteers build a 40-foot wheelchair ramp and install smoke alarms and carbon dioxide detectors on the home.
Jim Jandrew, director of weatherization programs for the Council on Aging, said he hopes Home Depot’s involvement inspires other businesses to help veterans where they can.
After gingerly walking out onto the front porch of his St. Cloud home, 93-year-old Albert Sturzenegger stood leaning on his blue walker, amazed.
About a dozen volunteers scurried about, working to build a ramp and take care of some landscaping that will make it easier for the U.S. Navy and World War II veteran to get around.
“Holy moly,” he said, drawing laughter from the workers milling about, screwing together the planks that would become a ramp.
The project was the work of the Osceola Council on Aging, along with local veterans and the Home Depot Foundation, which team up regularly on work to assist aging veterans in the area.