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Legion, Home Depot ally forces for veteran in need
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Allie Sanders, Jeremiah Crowley and Konnie Xayabouth-Jones work on putting in a ramp for local veteran Donna Tyrone as members of the American Legion and Home Depot employees joined forces. - photo by Photo by Pat Donahue

Members of American Legion Post 209 and Home Depot employees joined forces Saturday to help a veteran in need.

They combined to build two ramps for Donna Tyrone, a Navy veteran who is disabled and uses a walker. The ramps will allow her to get in and out of her home without any help.

“It’s great,” said Legion post commander Tommy Pierce. “That’s our job, to help veterans. That’s what we do. Anytime the American Legion can help a veteran, we will.”

Legion members were joined by Home Depot volunteers from their stores in Pooler and Savannah and the distribution center.

“It is a blessing to me to see the young people come out and help a veteran,” Legion post member George Groce. “We just thank them all for coming out and showing their support for a veteran. I love it. I do.”

Tyrone spent seven-and-a-half years in the Navy, mostly as an air traffic controller for the Atlantic Fleet Weapons Training Facility at Vieques Island off Puerto Rico.

“I was there for Hurricane Hugo,” she said. “It wasn’t fun.”

The facility closed in 2003, long after Tyrone was given medical retirement in 1991. But she enjoyed the time she spent there, even if it was mostly quiet.

“We’d have some ships come in and we could actually control traffic, which I lived for,” she said. “I loved being an air traffic controller.”

Home Depot’s Team Depot, its contingent of volunteers, has helped out at more than 25,000 veterans’ homes since 2011. More than 35,000 veterans are employees at Home Depot.

At Tyrone’s house, the work including removing both the front and back porches and replacing them with ramps.

“It’s wonderful. It’s absolutely wonderful,” she said. “It’s a blessing.”