CHARLOTTE -- Veterans Day is a time to express thanks for people who served our country. In the Charlotte area, projects ranged from big to small as residents gave back to the troops.
“Homes for our Troops" is an organization that helps build homes for wounded veterans. The home they built for Sgt. Jon Roberts might look like an ordinary house, but for Roberts it represents a light at the end of the tunnel.
“It's nice having your own free house,” said Roberts, who was injured fighting near Baghdad in 2005. His mother and father care for him but do not have a home of their own.
“We really appreciate how everybody has pitched in and is taking care to get this done,” said Steve Roberts, Jon’s father.
Sgt. Jon Roberts in front of his new home.
"The framing was about a third done. Now it is complete. It's ready to go to the inside and finish the work there,” said Jerry Lindsey, a member of the Union County Builders Association.
"It is supposed to be done for Christmas,” said Jon Roberts.
Homes aren’t the only thing Americans are providing for our troops this holiday season. In Charlotte, Erin Haig is putting together goodie bags to send to the troops in Iraq.
"I started caring about it a lot because I heard the stories, the parents’ stories. I heard the stories when we sent things over there last year, and I was just really, really touched,” explained Haig.
She has collected enough donations for 1,100 care packages that will offer support to those fighting for our country abroad.
If you would like more information on helping Sgt. Jon Roberts or the “Homes for our Troops” organization, you can visit Homesforourtroops.org.