Dozens of Volunteers Build Home for Local Army Veteran in Just 18 Days

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) – A Soldier’s Homecoming Journey and the Tunnel to Towers Foundation are working together to build a mortgage-free accessible home for a local veteran and his family.

The army veteran’s home was destroyed by a tornado last year.

Now volunteers are working around the clock to complete the house.

All the hands-on labor of dozens of volunteers from 22 states to build this home for an Army veteran and his family in just 18 days.

“It’s one of the best things we do all year, we all love coming together. It gives us all a good feeling to give back to the soldiers who gave us freedom every day,” Centrone said.

Salvador Centrone with the organization a Soldier’s Journey Home says the house will be fully built by June 18.

“We were a little doubtful that we could accomplish our task, but this is not the first time. We’ve been doing it for seven years now,” Centrone said.

Tim Andersean, this year’s recipient of Soldier’s Journey Home, says it’s all just a dream.

“I’m super excited right now because the house being built is a tower of tunnels and a soldier’s journey home because I’ve never had a brand new house. The house that was here before was from 1950. This one is brand new, I’m not used to that,” Andersean said.

Andersean tells me this new home will give his family a fresh start after losing their home to the tornado last year.

“The kids are excited right now, excited in a way, then nervous too. They’ve never had such a big room,” Andersean said.

Cetrone says he’s grateful to be part of this project and looks forward to Andersean and his family seeing the home’s completion.

“I live in Southeast Louisiana so we often have havoc with hurricanes and such, so this one in particular means a lot to me personally to help someone rebuild after a storm too violent,” Centrone said.

The keys to the house will be handed over to the army veteran on Saturday, June 18.

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