KUSA - There's an effort on to make sure veterans who return home from deployments overseas have a true home waiting for them.
One of those veterans is Army Sergeant Christian Ortiz from Denver.
Ortiz was hit by two IEDs during his deployments to Iraq. The blasts left him with physical and emotional injuries.
Ortiz is now home with his family and pursuing a college degree.
His home didn't have a safe place for his kids to play in the backyard - or a place for the family to gather.
"We're still like, going crazy, inside and out," Ortiz said. "I can't believe it. We can't believe it. It looks amazing and beautiful. Finally we have a space to be with the family, even with the cold weather - because we've got two huge warmers. We feel great and so thankful."
Volunteers painted the Ortiz family's home and installed a back patio with a new fence and outdoor heaters.
He is one of hundreds of veterans across the country to receive home repairs from the Home Depot Foundation's Celebration of Service.
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