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92 year-old Purple Heart recipient gets home makeover this Veterans Day

Posted at 4:31 PM, Nov 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-09 17:10:52-05

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — World War II veteran William Hadlock received a Veteran's Day surprise he never imagined, a home makeover. 

The Purple Heart recipient received a $20,000 grant from ServiceSource as part of the Celebration of Service Grant. 

Hadlock is a U.S. Navy Seaman 2nd class veteran who was a WWII machinist aboard the USS Boston. 

The veteran lives with his wife in their Tampa home, but they've become unable to keep up with the chores and maintenance of the aging house. 

Hadlock was desperately in need of a new bathroom that would be easily accessible and safer due to disabilities he now has. 

The Home Depot Foundation had a team of dozens of volunteers come in on their day off to help paint the interior of the home, add new floors, build a privacy fence and patio, as well as fix the landscaping. 

When asked about improvements made to their home in the past, Hadlock said it was probably 30 years ago when they first moved in. 

The bathroom Hadlock was in was so inaccessible to him, he had fallen numerous times trying to step into the shower. Now, he has a walk-in shower. 

When asked about all the work that was happening, Hadlock laughed and said, "it makes me tired."