SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A local veteran who has been living in the same house for nearly 50 years is getting a free home makover thanks to a nationwide program led by The Home Depot.

The Morey’s have called their Sacramento house home for the past 45 years. Now they’re getting a much-deserved makeover – and it all started by shopping for a ceiling fan.

“We’ve been wanting a ceiling fan in the living room and I’m too old to get up in the attic to do the wiring,” Jerry Morey said.

So Morey, a Korean War veteran, and his wife of nearly 47 years went to Home Depot to ask for some help and left with much more than they asked for.

“They’re practically rebuilding my whole house,” Jerry said. “We got a new roof. They painted.”

And they’re doing some major upgrades too – from the overgrown yard to the outdated and uncomfortable conditions inside.

“Being able to get up and down the stairs without hurting myself,” Al Morey said of what she’s looking forward to most.

About 60 volunteers from the DIY retailer grabbed the paintbrushes and shovels as part of the company’s multi-million dollar initiative to help improve homes across the country for veterans such as Jerry.

“We had this program and thought it would be great for them to help them upgrade their home,” said Home Depot volunteer Larry Synder.

And for this still madly in-love, patriotic couple – a war vet and his wife born on the Fourth of July – family and friends say they are more than deserving of the gift.

“They’re excellent people,” nephew Rob Quaid said. “They took me in. They take a lot of people in, help them out.”

Crews prepped for about four days for the project, but everything was expected to be done by 3 p.m. Thursday.

The Moreys will celebrate their 47th wedding anniversary in December.


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