Local 11 Veterans Committee Recording Secretary, U.S. Navy and U.S. Army National Guard veteran, and journeyman electrician Andrew Esqueda partnered with Operation Hero Home Restoration to restore the home of a Korean War veteran’s spouse in Baldwin Hills, Calif. this month. Esqueda and the Operation Hero Home crew teamed to clean up and make over the front yard as well as make some much-needed repairs to the home of the veteran’s spouse who can no longer take care of the property.
“The Local 11 Veterans’ Committee is about finding ways for veterans and electricians to get more involved in our communities and build solidarity with each other and use our skills to enhance the communities we work in,” Esqueda said.
After a day of hard teamwork, Esqueda said the emotional payoff was an invitation to raise an American flag in the front yard.
“It was an emotional moment because you understand and appreciate just how much veterans have sacrificed for our country – especially the families, because they serve as well,” Esqueda said. “To be able to show the families how much we appreciate them was special because I know how much my family supported me when I served.”
The Before and After pictures speak for themselves.