Hattiesburg Area Habitat and Team Depot to help USAF Vietnam Veteran

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - This is a press release from the Habitat for Humanity.

Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity will partner with The Home Depot and its Team Depot volunteers to provide much needed home repairs to a local veteran, through a grant from The Home Depot Foundation.

On June 7th, staff and volunteers from Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity and Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate volunteer force, will begin much needed repairs for Vietnam Veteran, Mr. Jasper Perry. Mr.

Perry was injured while serving the US Air Force as a Senior Airman in the 3960 Civil Engineering Squadron. He was honorably discharged in 1968 after a service related accident and moved to Hattiesburg where he met his wife, Elizabeth.

He later completed his college education at University of Southern Mississippi through the “Bootstrappers” program, a degree completion program for military personnel. Mr. Perry was appointed Hattiesburg deputy tax collector in 1976-1978 and worked with the Community Action Agency of Pearl River Valley Opportunity from 1978-1998.

He also dabbled in politics and ran as the Democratic Nominee for Forrest County Circuit Clerk in 1978 and District 4 Supervisor in 1991.

Mr. Perry received three medals for his service: Good Conduct, National Defense Service, and Declaration of Achievement. Mr. Perry and his wife Elizabeth have been married 48 years and have three children.

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