Habitat for Humanity, US military team up for Armed Forces Day

Hundreds of Armed Forces volunteers turn out to build homes

SAN ANTONIO - Every month, volunteers from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces turn out at the Coleman Ridge subdivision to help build houses for Habitat for Humanity.

To show their appreciation for their service to their country and their community, and in recognition of Armed Forces Day, Habitat held a Military Build Day at the subdivision.

Hundreds of men in women from the Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard turned out to once again volunteer their time for the charity, and help work on eight different houses.

"This is the community around us so ... it's gratifying to build houses (for) deserving people," said Air Force Staff Sgt Jonsel Jackson, from Waianae, Hawaii.

Habitat for Humanity loves having them as volunteers.

"They're a little bit more dedicated (and they pay) attention to detail. They're obviously more engaged and excited to get this stuff going. The excitement that they bring here is a lot more than what you would see with other volunteers, " said Sarah Arredondo, volunteer boordinator for Habitat for Humanity.

The men and women in the U.S. military already give up so much in the defense of our country, but say volunteering is in their blood.

"We like to volunteer. We wouldn't be in the positions that we are if we didn't. So when we have the opportunity to do it on a larger scale and see our impact and feel what we are doing, it's a lot of fun," said U.S. Navy Petty Officer Second Class Ryan Swoboda, of Kalamazoo, Mich.

Despite the large monthly turnout of the military members, Habitat says they are always in need for volunteers.

While carpentry skills are gladly appreciated, no experience is necessary to volunteer.

Visit www.habitatsa.org for more information.

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