Patriot Day is a day of reflection and remembrance. It can also serve as a day to honor those who served our country. That’s what National Guard Association of Michigan and Habitat for Humanity Detroit did this Sept. 11.
The two organizations came together to perform critical home repairs for Army Veteran Kevin Vann. National Guard Association of Michigan funded the repairs and sent volunteers to complete the work alongside Habitat for Humanity Detroit. The repairs were to a home at 7415 Woodrow Wilson St. in Detroit.
“We’re grateful to have teamed up with National Guard Association of Michigan on 9/11 to repair this Veteran’s home,” said Stephanie Osterland, Habitat for Humanity Detroit’s Executive Director. “We were previously able to provide a roof replacement for Mr. Vann, and know that these home repairs made his home safer and more comfortable to live in.”
Commitment to the country and Detroit runs deep in the Vann family. During basic training, Kevin Vann learned that his parents had been murdered. Despite this incredible tragedy, he returned to finish basic training after laying his parents to rest. He served in the Army at Fort Hood, TX, and after returned to Detroit to work for the city and later at Henry Ford Hospital. All three of his children are active duty military, with one each serving in the Army, Navy, and Air Force.