Northeast Philadelphia vet gets special home makeover

June 30, 2013 4:48:14 PM PDT
A Vietnam veteran in Northeast Philadelphia received a home makeover from some very special volunteers.

While workers were busy in his bedroom, Jim McGuire enjoyed the company of his three grandsons and his dog 'Sparky.'

Closets by Design of Philadelphia added some special features to McGuire's home, that will enable him to better access essential items.

"With his medicine storage, before it was in a box and now we have a drawer that will pull out 100 percent," said one volunteer.

There aren't many people in his community who don't know McGuire's story.

In 1968, he was trying to help a platoon member escape gunfire during an ambush in Vietnam.

"I just stayed with him and held him until he passed away," said McGuire.

He suffered a severe leg wound and was awarded a purple heart and many other medals for his selfless efforts.

McGuire says he's grateful for the kindness he's receiving 45 years after Vietnam.

"After all the years that we haven't been treated right, as Vietnam veterans, people like this, I think it's fantastic," he said.

McGuire has depended on his motorized scooter or his wheelchair since 2010, when he suffered two strokes, believed to be related to the effects of Agent Orange.

"Jim had a desk that he couldn't pull his wheelchair under so we're definitely giving him a higher desk than normal so that he can access that," said one volunteer.

McGuire says his whole life is now easier.


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