IndyCar driver, volunteers rehab home for Indianapolis veterans

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (November 9, 2013) – IndyCar Driver Charlie Kimball and members of Panther and Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing are among a group of volunteers who renovated a veterans home this weekend.

The home, called ‘Jackson House,’ is operated by area non-profit Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation that is in charge of more than a dozen properties in the Indianapolis area.

“It’s a great feeling to be appreciated,” said William Price, one of six veterans who live in the home who are formerly homeless.

“They’re working to hang curtains, and they’re bringing in furniture,” said Bob Hills, Director of IndyCar Ministry.

The house became more of a home with new paint and flooring, a new bathroom and several decorative touches.

“It’s critical that we give back to them. They have given so much of themselves, their families, their time over the course of the years in the armed forces to protect our freedoms at home and abroad,” said IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball.

There was a big reveal of the renovations Saturday night.

“When I opened up my eyes and saw that we had everything new and different in here, it was an awesome surprise. I didn’t know what to expect,” said Michael Harney, another veteran living in the home.

Local business and public donations like hand sewn curtains also made the quick renovation possible.

“They just want to be able to tell the guys in this home, and all of our veterans, that we appreciate them so much,” said Hills.

Volunteers with “The Pit Crew,” an IndyCar fan community, were on hand to help. They are dedicated to performing an annual community service project each November serving veterans. This year they partnered with HVAF for their project.

In 2012, 2,259 veterans had a safe place to sleep, and 1,205 family members including 554 children received the counseling and guidance they needed to help them become self-sufficient through support programs offered by HVAF.