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Volunteers fix up transitional house for homeless veterans

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Dozens gathered with brushes, saws, nail guns and more Tuesday to bring a transitional home for homeless veterans back into tip-top shape.

The event was organized by Volunteers for America and Home Depot.

The house is one of two that Volunteers of America runs in the Spokane area. It houses five veterans at a time, and has housed more than 100 veterans over the years.

One of those veterans is Steve Smith. Smith lived in the house for seven months after finding himself on the street and down on his luck.

"This is where I ended up," Smith says. "They straightened me out and made a man of me when I needed that."

Now Smith lives in his own home again.

"I love the way my life is going, and it's because of them," he says.

"They broke their backs for me, now I'm going to break my back for them," Smith says as he spent the day painting the side of the house.

Meanwhile Garry Foster, a veteran currently living in the house, was working a saw. Foster moved in six months ago after being laid off.

"They've given me a place to live and get back on my feet," Foster says. "I'll support this anytime."
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