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Volunteers clean up vet's lawn, build ramp: 'I've fallen on those steps so many times'

Bill Palmer and his wife (KATU News photo)

A Navy veteran will finally be able to access his backyard with ease thanks to the help of several hard-working volunteers.

Bill Palmer, a World War II veteran, uses a wheelchair now to get around. He couldn't access his backyard because the only way to do so was by using a few steps, so the garden got overgrown and unruly.

But that all changed this week. Volunteers from Home Depot and Catalyst Partnerships cleaned up Palmer's home and started building a ramp so he can get out to his garden without getting injured.

"I'm going to have a ramp that goes this way, and back up onto the porch,' Palmer said. "I don't have to fight this stupid thing that makes me fall. I've fallen on those three steps so many times."

Volunteers are also helping add new shingles on his roof -- which were installed by a volunteer who admitted he was scared of heights.


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