Volunteers gut home for new transition veteran home

Volunteers gut home for new transition veteran home

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The Student Veterans Organization was gutting the inside out of a home on Fountain Street on Saturday in Cape Girardeau.

This is all part of remodeling this home to help house veterans who transition from war back to their normal life.

Roughly 20 people volunteered their time and grabbed gloves and a hammer.

"It's a rough transition from military structured life to the civilian world," says project manager and Veteran Rocky Everett.

Everett says this is the first stage; demolition of the house. The second stage will be wiring and plumbing.

The house will be all new inside and up to code, and is planned to be completed in about a year.

"Homeless Veterans is on the rise. We don't want to see our fellow veterans living on the streets," says Everett. 

The project will allow veterans a place to live as well as getting help with opportunities such as going back to school and finding a job. 

Along with staying in this house, veterans will have coaching and mentoring for those that need some extra help adjusting. 

Everett adds that this couldn't be possible without the help of so many people from the community volunteering their time. 

This will be the first transition home for veterans of its kind in Missouri.

Everett hopes this will generate more building of transition homes for veterans from here on in Missouri as well as other states.

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