SWANSBORO, N.C. — Volunteers across the state continue renovation on the home of a retired Marine in Swansboro.
A home repair project began on Oct. 8 to help revamp a home for a man always willing to help others. Former Marine Eric Leclair served for more than 12 years before he sustained a traumatic brain injury and suffered from post traumatic stress disorder during his service.
"You just aren't the way you use to be. You're like a different person and you really have no control how you are as a person anymore," said Leclair.
Now, others are hoping to help a family who has sacrificed so much.
"For me personally, I value and respect those who are willing to serve for my freedom and it has cost them their freedom," said volunteer Diane Callan.
Callan is one of several groups that are working to improve the Leclair's home and their lives. Over the past week, the house has received a complete makeover. Renovations include new siding, a newly constructed porch and new landscaping.
Marines were among the many volunteers and say they are proud to be a part of this project.
"It is awesome. A lot of times service members don't see the effects the community have when it comes out and supports each other. So I got a chance to see the community out, everyone with different skill sets, making a difference for one of our Marines," said Master Sgt. Deon Boyce.
Community volunteers partnered with The Jacksonville Home Depot, Wellness for Warriors and Military Missions In Action to conduct the home repair project.