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Organizations team up to refurbish veteran's house in Charleston, WV

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Volunteers refurbished the home of veteran Sgt. Barry Jackson, of Charleston. Volunteers refurbished the home of veteran Sgt. Barry Jackson, of Charleston.
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CHARLESTON, WV -

Two organizations teamed up Thursday, Nov. 7, to refurbish the house of a local veteran.

Fifth Third Bank donated $150,000 to the nonprofit Rebuilding Together for eight home rebuild projects across the country.

More than a dozen volunteers descended upon the house of Sgt. Barry Jackson, a U.S. Army veteran.

Jackson's military career began in 1984. He worked in the 707th Maintenance Battalion in California and the 45th Support Battalion in Germany. Jackson deployed to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Storm and retired due to disability.

"This is a reassuring and positive step to let people know there is help out there," Jackson said. "If you need help, ask for help," said Jackson, who's lacked heat for the past year. Workers installed a system to keep him warm during the upcoming winter.

Helping hands also replaced Jackson's ceiling tiles and installed handrails.

"Sgt. Barry Jackson did a great job of protecting our country in Desert Storm and this is a way of paying him back," said Dayton Carpenter, of Rebuilding Together.

Fifth Third Bank brought 16 volunteers to help the effort.

"We just have a lot of people whose family members are veterans and so they know how important it is to give back to those who've given to us," said Gretchen Bias, community development relationship manager for Fifth Third Bank.

Bob Welty, the Fifth Third West Virginia Market President, presented Jackson with an American flag during a special ceremony.

Carpenter encouraged other low-income veterans to seek help through Rebuilding Together. Candidates must own their house and their property. For more information, call 304-343-HOME.