HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Huntsville man was not one of the advanced fighters who took down Osama Bin Laden, but he would have fit right in with those who did. Ricky Walls is a former Navy SEAL. Home Depot is recognizing the veterans’ core values by honoring one of its own.
Walls fought many battles. He’s heard his share of noise. The background noise the Navy SEAL hears now is different.
“It’s absolutely amazing. I mean it is incredible,” said Walls.
Home Depot Manager Randy Haynie and his team of the store associates are setting their sights. The target is something they learned day one on the job.
“The core value is giving back. When we come to do this and what makes it fantastic is the fact that we have a team of associates. They are not being paid right now. This is all volunteer work,” said Haynie.
The home improvement store plans to shell out $30 million to veterans over three years. The idea is to give every vet a safe and comfortable place to call home.
“I don’t think I could have done this on my own. It would have been a long time before I was able to do it,” added Walls.
A busted water heater flooded Walls’ home. Nancy Eason, who works side by side with disabled veterans, brought Home Depot front and center. Together, they are fixing Walls’ home.
“I would have never been able to bend down there and maintain that position for a long time,” added Walls.
“Especially, considering those who need so much are really kind of being ignored by the Department of Veterans Affairs,” said Eason.
Home Depot has also helped improve the home of one other veteran in our area.