House of Heroes volunteers fix house for Meriden Veteran

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Volunteers rolling up their sleeves to help a Veteran in Meriden on Saturday morning, and she’s telling her story in hopes of helping others.

It took 36 volunteers a couple of hours to correct months of neglect.

Dina Fischer served as a Petty Officer in the Coast Guard from 1983-1989.

“It’s very emotional for me especially everything that I’ve been through,” said Fischer.

But it was after her service that was the most trying.

“I was a victim of domestic violence and my divorce was very terrible,” Fischer said.

She escaped and left the Meriden house for a year. When she came back, she found a job but didn’t want to invite any friends over.

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Fischer said, “I was embarrassed because I didn’t want people to see the house was in disrepair and it was just really hard. I’m not that kind of person.”

So, she filled out the House of Heroes application.  It’s a non profit organization that does one day of house repairs for Veterans. They were there on Saturday painting, doing yardwork and most importantly, building a deck. 

Fischer had no way of getting out of the back of the house, which was dangerous, in an emergency.

Carol May from House of Heroes said, “It’s frightening and it’s sad to think that these people have served our country and put the lives on the line for us and when they come back home. Their own homes are in such need of repair.”

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They’re even adding a new fence so that Jupiter and her puppy have a place to run around.

Fischer said, “It’s kind of hard to think that everybody is here helping me and it’s not the other way around.”

She has a message for everyone who lent a hand that day. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I can’t believe it. Thank you so much.”

A grateful vet who will finally feel at home in her own house.

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