ATLANTA – November 9, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — In advance of Veterans Day, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, joined Rebuilding Together Atlanta and Fifth Third Bank of Georgia at a home refurbishing project at the home of United States Army veteran Yvette Thomas Ray, a resident of the Grove Park Community of Atlanta.

Isakson thanked Ray for her military service, as well as volunteers at Ray’s home, where Rebuilding Together Atlanta and Fifth Third Bank have been performing work to complete several home projects that have gone unfinished since the passing of Ray’s husband in 2014, including painting the interior and exterior of the home, installing trim and base molding, and repairing flooring in the home.

Isakson rolled up his sleeves and picked up a rake to assist with yard work outside Ray’s house.

“Our veterans are owed a debt of gratitude that we can never repay,” said Isakson.“America is the greatest country in the world because of those who have put their lives on the line to defend it. We as a nation have an obligation to serve those who have served us. I was delighted to meet and thank Ms. Ray and her sons today, and I appreciate the volunteers out working despite the weather, along with everyone working on behalf of our nation’s veterans.”

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Ray served three years of active duty, beginning her service as an E-2 mess cook stationed in Ft. Jackson, S.C., and later being promoted to squad leader. After Ft. Jackson, Ray was in charge of the duty station at Ft. Knox in Kentucky where she was responsible for a group of women in the regular Army.

Rebuilding Together is a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing that provides extensive home rehabilitation and modification services to low-income homeowners across the country. Fifth Third and Rebuilding Together affiliates across the country will collaborate to rehabilitate 17 homes on November 6, 2015, in the following states: Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, North Carolina, Michigan, Tennessee, Georgia, Illinois and Florida.

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