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Team Depot Constructs Wheelchair Ramp
for Korean Conflict Veteran in Rock Island

Emil DeSmet served in the Philippines and Okinawa during the Korean conflict as a Private First Class Marine. Emil and his wife, Madge, have recently experienced multiple physical set-backs. Emil is now unable to safely get in and out of his house on his own, making it critical to have a wheelchair ramp built in order to help him remain independent and in his home.

RTQC organized a team of volunteers from Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force, to construct a wheelchair ramp that allows Emil and Madge to safely enter and exit their home. Roy Nelson, one of the Team Depot volunteers, explained that helping with build gave him great "self-satisfaction of getting this completed for a veteran who gave an awful lot."

In addition to the volunteer hours from Team Depot, the project was financially supported by a $2,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation.

RTQC would also like to thank WQAD for coverage of the project.


The Home Depot Foundation works to improve the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families. It has partnered with Rebuilding Together Quad Cities’ (RTQC) for the past five years. This partnership supports the overall goal of RTQC, which is to provide home modifications that create safer and healthier environments allowing individuals and families to remain in their homes with as much independence as possible. Saturday’s project ensures that Emil and Madge will have independence again and at no cost to them.