'Serving those who have served our country'

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EUGENE, Ore. - National Guard veteran Jason Branch's four kids never had a yard to call their own - until Veterans Day 2011.

Community leaders handed Branch the keys to a newly remodeled home on Garfield Street.

"It's going to make it so that my kids can live better," Branch said, "and when they live better, I have less worries."

St. Vincent de Paul, the Eugene Water and Electric Board and the Lane County Home Builders Association worked withvolunteers to remodel a home for Branch and his family.

"To me it's about service," said Roger Gray, EWEB's general manager. "It's the name of our project - serving those who have served our country - and that's really what it's all about."

More than 250 volunteers put in 2,700 hours on the project.

"It's amazing to know that there's still people out there that don't care about themselves -sacrifice  everything, time, hours, money - on someone that they don't even know," Branch said.

Organizer Terry McDonald from St. Vincent de Paul said the goal was to help a veteran's family in need.

But in the end, they accomplished much more.

"We have many divisions in our country right now, and a lot of people are polarized," McDonald said, "but there is something about honoring those who have served us and defended us overseas that we can all rally around."