Volunteers build ramp for Portsmouth veteran

A group of volunteers from local VFW Post 5390, the Newport Coast Guard and Middletown Home Depot surround Vietnam veteran Raymond DeJesus and his wife, Eneida, for a photo while they build the veteran a handicap ramp for his home in Common Fence Point. A group of volunteers from local VFW Post 5390, the Newport Coast Guard and Middletown Home Depot surround Vietnam veteran Raymond DeJesus and his wife, Eneida, for a photo while they build the veteran a handicap ramp for his home in Common Fence Point.

A group of volunteers from local VFW Post 5390, the Newport Coast Guard and Middletown Home Depot surround Vietnam veteran Raymond DeJesus and his wife, Eneida, for a photo while they build the veteran a handicap ramp for his home in Common Fence Point.

A group of volunteers from local VFW Post 5390, the Newport Coast Guard and Middletown Home Depot surround Vietnam veteran Raymond DeJesus and his wife, Eneida, for a photo while they build the veteran a handicap ramp for his home in Common Fence Point.

PORTSMOUTH — A veteran was in need, so his comrades answered the call — with a little help from a local business.

Members of VFW Post 5390 in Common Fence Point, along with workers from Home Depot and a few Coast Guard personnel, started building a handicapped ramp recently at the home of Vietnam War veteran Raymond DeJesus of Warcam Way.

“He’s on dialysis and he was just diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease,” said Mr. DeJesus’ wife, Eneida. “He’s having trouble walking and soon he’ll need a wheelchair.”

Ken Rutter, Post 5390′s junior vice commander, organized the effort, applying for a Community Impact Grant from the Home Depot Foundation. When reviewing applications, the company puts a priority on projects that serve veterans, as well as those in which veterans are involved.

Scott Jamieson (left) and Shaun Kerr cut threads for a handicap ramp built for Vietnam veteran Ray DeJesus at his home in Common Fence Point.

Scott Jamieson (left) and Shaun Kerr cut threads for a handicap ramp built for Vietnam veteran Ray DeJesus at his home in Common Fence Point.

For more on the project, pick up this week’s (June 20) issue of The Portsmouth Times.

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