Home Depot gives back to Dartmouth veteran

Oct 20, 2017

A sea of orange-clad volunteers descended upon a Tucker Road home to help a Dartmouth veteran and his family in need.

On October 17, more than 40 volunteers from Home Depot stores across southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod arrived at Brandon Haskell's Tucker Road home to give his yard a makeover.

The U.S. Navy veteran, who served in Operation Enduring Freedom, lives with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and relies on his wife, children, and a service dog named Karma for support. Despite enjoying the outdoors, the Haskell’s yard needed repairs and work because the yard was overgrown and his fence was falling apart.

Volunteers helped repair fencing, giving Karma the freedom to play outside, updated the home’s bathroom, and cleaned up overgrown vegetation. They also reinforced a swing set Haskell's children enjoy playing on.

“It was a real wow factor for them… they were very grateful,” said David Rocha, a Home Depot manager and captain in the Home Depot Foundation’s southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod district.

Rocha said volunteers came from the district’s ten stores, from Somerset to Hyannis to help out. He said the project was undertaken as part of the foundation’s Celebration of Service campaign, which encourages districts to complete at least one project to improve the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families.

The foundation discovered Haskell through Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization that helps servicemembers, veterans and their families.