The Home Depot and HandsOn team up to surprise US veteran

by | Dec 14, 2023

The Home Depot Foundation and HandsOn Greater Phoenix recently teamed up as part of the 2023 Operation Surprise campaign to help a veteran, Zakary, reclaim his outdoor space. The ultimate goal was to provide a calming, tranquil space to help manage his PTSD symptoms and offer some financial relief.

Zakary Ferroni served in the U.S. Army from 2003 to 2012. Today, he grapples with the lasting effects of his service in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD). This makes it difficult for him to work, with his husband, Joe, currently supporting the household.

More than 100 volunteers from Home Depot’s associate volunteer force, Team Depot, helped revamp landscaping, upgrade irrigation, paint the home exterior, and add outdoor furniture. The team also rebuilt the firepit, replaced broken fencing, and made garage upgrades. Zakary and Joe were also surprised with a washer and dryer set and December’s mortgage payment taken care of.

The Home Depot Foundation’s annual Operation Surprise initiative was created to provide life-changing moments of surprise through service to the nation’s veterans. Giving back to veterans is a personal commitment to The Home Depot as more than 35,000 of the company’s associates are veterans or military spouses.

Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested over $500 million in veteran causes and helped to renovate and enhance more than 60,000 veteran homes and facilities. This ensures more of the US nation’s heroes have a safe, comfortable home that fits their individual needs.

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