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Gloversville vet gets life-changing addition to home

Posted at: 11/21/2013 12:26 PM
Updated at: 11/21/2013 12:51 PM
By: Subrina Dhammi

Charles Hart, a Vietnam vet, was close to tears as volunteers from Home Depot construct a ramp outside his Gloversville home
Charles Hart, a Vietnam vet, was close to tears as volunteers from Home Depot construct a ramp outside his Gloversville home
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GLOVERSVILLE - There's something going on in Gloversville Thursday that is changing the life of a veteran who lives there.

A lot of kind people are building something that will allow Charles Hart to leave his home on his home for the first time, in a very long time.

Some pieces of wood, saws and nails outside, and a veteran, moved to tears inside.

“I can't describe it, I'm getting my freedom back,” says this Vietnam Veteran.

Charles Hart is getting something today that will change his life.

Volunteers from Home Depot are building a ramp on the outside of his Gloversville home that will allow the double amputee to leave his home for the first time, on his own, in a very long time.

“It's hard to keep from crying about it, you have no idea what it's like to be stuck here,” says Hart.

Charles served in Vietnam back in the early 1970's.

He came back home healthy, but years later; cardiovascular disease took both of his legs.

Friends have helped out.

But Thursday, these workers from the Home Depot on Central Avenue in Albany are volunteering their time to give Charles his freedom back.

“Hopefully within about 5 hours he’ll be able to go and come whenever he wants. He won’t have to rely on others,” says Jason Gregory of Home Depot.

And AT&T is stepping up too. The phone company is providing free phone service for Charles for one year.

“As Mr. Hart said he wanted some independence and we figured giving him an additional way to communicate is exactly how to do that” says Gregory Melita of AT&T.

With all these kind acts around him, it's fair to say that Charles Hart's heart is filled with joy today.

Charles says as soon as the ramp is done, the first place he’s going to go to?

Stewart’s to buy a cup of coffee.