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Charleston Veteran Gets Home Completely Refurbished

Reported by: Send eMail Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Matt Durrett
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Nov. 7, 2013 11:29 AM EST
Updated: Nov. 7, 2013 10:39 PM EST

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Veteran's Home Refurbished
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

A Charleston veteran is getting his home completely remodeled, thanks to the kindness and generosity of complete strangers.

Sgt. Barry Jackson has traveled all over the world. His military career started in 1984, taking him to California, Germany, and Saudi Arabia.

"Initially I needed a heater, a furnace," Jackson said.

Last winter, he didn't have any heat, so he contacted Rebuilding Together to see if they could help.

"It makes you feel good to do it, anytime you help people, it feels good," Galen Casto, a volunteer, said.

The help went far beyond his needs, and, with the help of Fifth Third Bank, Jackson learned his house would quickly become a warm home.

"It was a little overwhelming at first, Jackson said. "But then I decided hey, at the end, everything is going to look beautiful."

Fifth Third Bank donated $150,000 to Rebuild Together for eight home rebuild projects for veterans in six cities.

"It's just something that we need to support, something that we need to take care of, so it's a great opportunity," Gretchen Bias, from Fifth Third Bank, said.

Dayton Carpenter, of Rebuilding Together, said Jackson deserved the support.

"The sergeants in the army make the army what it is and Sgt. Barry Jackson deserves our praise for his service," Carpenter said. "He deserves to live in a nice home, so we're here to make it a better place for him to live."

"It's a God send, that's how I look at it," Jackson said. "Something that was needed and I'm just blessed that it's happening to me."

Carpenter said they are constantly looking for people to help across the area. For more information, contact Rebuilding Together at 304-343-7601.




A military veteran who lives in Charleston is getting a big thank you for his service.

Fifth Third Bank is joining forces to refurbish the home of retired U.S. Army Sgt. Barry Jackson, according to a news release from the organizers of the project. The organizations will replace windows in his house, replace ceiling tiles and paint his deck.

To recognize Jackson’s service, representatives presented a flag at noon Thursday to the veteran at his home at 728 Hess Drive.

Jackson's military career started in 1984 and he had multiple roles serving in the U.S Army, which included the 707th Maintenance Battalion in Fort Orchid, Calif., and the 45th Support Battalion in Germany. He also served with the 764th Engineer Battalion and was involved with the earthquake restoration in San Francisco, and was later deployed to Saudi Arabia for Desert Storm. Later, he was granted retirement due to a disability.

Fifth Third Bank also teamed up with Rebuilding Together to help other veterans such as Jackson. The bank donated $150,000 to the organization for eight home rebuild projects for veterans in six U.S. cities, all taking place Thursday, the news release said.



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