Hundreds ride in NH to raise money to build homes for veterans
"This is our little bit of payback," said Smith.
"We build homes with grading that goes right up to the door, special appliances, roll-in showers and all the details that make it fully adaptive for disabled vets," said Tom Benoit, chief financial officer for the organization.
It isn't cheap. According to Benoit, the average home costs about $400,000, including the land. The organization depends heavily on volunteers and donations.
"In my mind, we're doing what every American should be doing for veterans," said Sands. "It's just the right thing to do. When they come home, we should help these vets 110 percent."
Some, like Frank Doxey of Litchfield, are Vietnam vets who understand the problems people bring home after serving in combat.
"Lawmakers haven't experienced what people go through in Afghanistan and Iraq," he said. "They have no idea what they are sentencing these guys to go through."
"The reason we do this every year is for the chance to help build the homes and hand over the key to a veteran," said Donnelly. "It's an excellent charity."
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