DAV Ky. Chap. 19, Home Depot Lead Efforts to Help Veteran Recover from Storm

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COLD SPRING, Ky. – A retired Air Force veteran who suffered major damage to his home during the latest round of severe winter weather is receiving much-needed assistance from DAV (Disabled American Veterans) volunteers and the Home Depot Foundation.

Retired Air Force Staff Sgt. Randy Russ of Dry Ridge has extensive water, furniture, and structural damage to his residence but is receiving assistance from the efforts of his fellow veterans and other volunteers.

“We’re taught from day one of military service to never leave a teammate behind and that mindset certainly carries over into civilian life after we transition out of uniform,” said DAV Director of Voluntary Services Ron Minter.  “DAV and our friends at Home Depot have proudly stepped up to help this veteran during his time of need after he sacrificed so much for his country and community through his military service.”

Russ said he was grateful for DAV’s swift response.

“I think it’s important when resources, like DAV, come together especially at a time when other benefits are being cut,” Russ said. “What’s (military service) for if you can’t get together and help one another?”

The efforts will begin with cleanup and removal of standing water, followed by restructuring physical damage to the residence.


Media:  A media opportunity is available at the Russ’ residence.  Mr. Russ and DAV personnel will be available to answer questions.  Please contact Associate Director of National Communications Steve Wilson at office: 859-442-2046 or cell: 859-240-1956 or email swilson@dav.org for further information.