Vets home named for Charette gets sprucing up

A memorial collage features pictures of Holly and from the five prior Spirit Runs. (Brian Yocono/WPRI)

JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Volunteers are rolling up their sleeves to help Rhode Island’s sole transitional home for female veterans, named for Rhode Island’s first female killed in Iraq.

The Marine Cpl. Holly Charette Home houses ten female veterans, and needed a little renovating, according to Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, the organization that operates the facility. Volunteers from OSDRI and the Home Depot are repainting the interior, building a patio and a child’s play set, doing general maintenance, re-landscaping the yard and more to beautify the property, starting Tuesday and running through Friday.

Home Depot also donated $22,500 in supplies and materials to the organization.

Marine Cpl. Holly Charette, a Cranston native, was killed June 23, 2005, when her convoy was struck by a suicide bomber in Fallujah, Iraq. Cpl. Charette’s mother, Regina Roberts, has said in the past that the home is important to giving veterans “their dignity back.”

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