Volunteers work together, clean out home for Vietnam veteran

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII)-- "It just hurts me I cannot see our veterans being treated to this capacity."

To some, these conditions may look unlivable but for years one Vietnam veteran has called this his home. That is until volunteers stepped in to make a change.

On Saturday dozens of people spent their day cleaning out the home which at one point was infested with rats and mold.

"We heard about a veteran that needs help cleaning his house, so we knew that we need to come and help," said one volunteer.

"It means a lot, they gave us so much it was the least we could do to show our respects to them," added a high school student who spent his time volunteering, giving back to the veteran.

77-year-old James Smith was living here for decades but things began to fall apart, his life changed when his wife died in 2014.

The walls, ceiling and insulation will all be taken down, and Home Depot will provide new supplies like furnishing and floors.

The kitchen will be soon have new appliances, and a new beginning for a veteran.

"So pretty much we're gonna have a skeleton of a house, except for a brand new roof," said Joi Biddle.

Renovation will begin as soon as the house is cleared of asbestos.

While work is being completed James Smith has been staying with his son.

Until then, volunteers will be ready whenever they are called in to begin work.

"I appreciate what everybody is doing and I thank them from the bottom of my heart," said Smith.

Volunteers are still needed. If you would like to provide any kind of assistance you can contact Joi Biddle at 954-857-6518.