Shortly after separating from the military, U.S Marine and Vietnam War Veteran Horace Jackson started his career as a master barber at Fort Benning with his wife, Maggie and three children. For over 30 years, Jackson coiffed over 100,000 aspiring infantrymen at the military base.
Things took a turn for Horace when he gradually began losing sight in both eyes and was forced to retire. Luckily, Maggie was by his side every step of way as his eyes and confidante. Maggie feverishly looked for resources to assist her husband and to rid their home of hazardous conditions – the 1970s ranch style home was plagued with a cracking driveway, uneven sidewalks/flooring and broken steps.
Through NeighborWorks Columbus, the couple received approximately $20,000 for repairs from the Veterans Homeowner Rehabilitation Program, and Home Depot Foundation to make the home accessible, safe and energy efficient.
Recently at their closing, they learned that House of Heroes had selected their home for minor repairs with an honor ceremony recognizing the former LCpl Horace Jackson for his service to God, his country and his family.
* Names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.