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Revitalize CDC Announces JoinedForces Initiative for Veterans Day

SPRINGFIELD — Revitalize CDC announced a JoinedForces initiative, performing critical repairs and rehabilitation on military veterans’ homes. The initiative will spark the organization’s expansion into Holyoke. JoinedForces will serve all branches of the military and bring volunteers and the community together to support the troops.

Revitalize CDC hosted a breakfast fund-raiser on Nov. 5 to raise money to help repair and renovate homes for veterans in need in both Holyoke and Springfield.

The next project is scheduled for Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, and will serve Air Force E4 veteran Scott Leary and his family. Revitalize CDC will restore the home they live in, which was built in 1901 by Leary’s great-grandfather and has been in the family since that time.

Leary, who served in the Air Force from 1990 to 1996, shares the home with his wife, Jessica, and their three children, all under the age of 14. The family has struggled with many challenges, including Jessica’s permanent disability due to a back injury sustained working as an emergency medical technician, and a child with autism, currently being seen as a patient at Shriners Hospital. Their home is currently in desperate need of repairs, and although they have been working tirelessly on it themselves, they are in need of help.

The public is invited to assist in the home restoration. For more information, e-mail [email protected].

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