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Vet’s Widow Gets Special Homecoming

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LEBANON, Ore. — A Lebanon house got a much-needed makeover that made it possible for its owner to come back home.

Chris Engwall, 84, is the widow of a Korean vet. A spinal surgery in September left her unable to walk and as a result unable to get in and out of her home on her own.

Doctors said unless her home was handicap accessible, getting around would be nearly impossible. With generous donations from Home Depot, a local organization called Vets Helping Vets HQ made it possible.

Coordinators said it’s the least that can be done for her, for all her husband’s done for the country.

“It was a total surprise and I am so happy and thrilled. And I know tonight, I’ll be going through all this and probably not be able to sleep because I’ll be so happy,” said Engwall.

The work took about a month to complete. The improvements include a custom-made wheel chair, wider halls and doors and a handicap-accessible shower, which will be finished in another week.

For more information or to donate to Vets Helping Vets HQ, click here.

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