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Advance Auto Parts, GE Silicone II volunteer at home for Iraq War veteran
More than two dozen volunteers helped put the finishing touches on the backyard for Army Staff Sergeant Sharon Clark, who will be gifted a mortgage-free home from Building Homes for Heroes in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The volunteers were from two of Building Homes for Heroes’ biggest supporters: Advance Auto Parts and GE Silicone II. Advance Auto Parts is Building Homes for Heroes’ top cash donor, having donated $6.5 million over five years. GE Silicone II donates 50 cents to Building Homes for Heroes for every tube of GE Silicone sold.
Staff Sergeant Clark, a single mother and Iraq War veteran who served for nearly 20 years in the Air Force and Army, heeded her patriotic call in 1995, first enlisting in the U.S. Air Force out of Danville, Virginia. She then joined the Army in 1997 before medically retiring in 2014.
She enlisted out of a desire to serve her country, and to forge a better life for herself and her family. She suffers from an array of physical and mental injuries, including post-traumatic stress disorder and lumbar degenerative disc disease from her years of service. She has a 100% disability rating from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
“The togetherness was overwhelming because they came together and they didn’t have to,” said Clark at the Volunteer Day event on Oct. 20. “We have been through a lot that people don’t see on inside of us and to see the community just come together and help, that’s what made it amazing.”
Staff Sergeant Clark will formally receive her mortgage-free home during a Home Gifting Ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 8, which was customized to accommodate her injuries. The landscaping of the home was done by Carolina Creations Landscaping. Customs Construction and Renovations, Inc. renovated the home.