Habitat For Humanity Of South Palm Beach Holds Veterans Build

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Staff report

Delray Beach family members, veterans and neighbors now have spruced up homes thanks to Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach, Vertical Bridge and the Home Depot Foundation.

The homeowners, who are cousins living on the same Delray Beach street, are also members of the military. They have seen many wars including serving in WWII, Iraq and the youngest currently stationed in Germany, spanning three generations of service.

They are 92-year-old WWII Veteran Albert Green who served 41 years in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Merchant Marines stationed in the Pacific Rim during WWII in the Steward Department and Sedric Doughty, who 17 served years in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Navy Reserve and U.S. Air Force Reserve stationed in Japan as military police officer (final rank E-5) and saw active duty in the Iraq and Afghanistan War. Sedric’s son, 18-year-old Sedric Jr. who lives with him in the home passed down from Sedric’s mom, currently serves in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany.

Made possible by a $35,000 gift from presenting sponsor Boca-based Vertical Bridge with $32,000 in grant funding from Home Depot Foundation, more than 100 volunteers from both companies transformed their homes in honor of Veterans Day.

Vertical Bridge owns, manages and operates a portfolio of both broadband and broadcast towers.

“The company is committed to working with veterans to transfer their military skills into civilian careers,” said Vertical Bridge CEO and Co-Founder Alex Gellman. “Because veterans make great tower climbers and they are adept at working in third world countries where the towers are being installed.”

Volunteers from both companies installed a new sprinkler and irrigation system and made home repairs due to damage from Hurricane Irma. They replaced the front doors, installed wooden fencing, installed a new shed and appliances. They added a new children’s play set, mulch, landscaping and pavers.

A noon-time ceremony featured veteran color guard and remarks from Mayor Cary Glickstein who appointed homeowner Green honorary mayor for the Veterans Day weekend. Keynote speaker, James F Squadrito, author, Vietnam Veteran and Bronze Star recipient whose book “Dance of the Chameleon, A Vietnam Medic’s Story” is being made into a major motion picture movie, shared his experience with ongoing work to help veterans.