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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Fort Jackson is home to many men and women who serve our country. But instead of going home for the Holidays, several stayed to help Columbia residents.

Santa Claus isn't the only one who gets on a roof this holiday season.

"I used to work a little construction," Private Paul Rogozin said.

Rogozin and 21 other soldiers from Ft. Jackson are working to install a new roof with Home Works.

He said there's only one word to describe its condition.

"Terrible," Rogozin said.

Private Jorge Hernandez decided to lend a hand as well, even though this kind of work isn't his specialty.

"I've worked on cars but never on a house," Hernandez said.

Home Works Founder Hank Chardos was on site to oversee the project.

Although the thought of a remodeled house is exciting, he's more excited about the help.

"We want them to be out here we want them to be, also, part of the community, so it's a win-win situation, it really is," Chardos said.

"The people see us. Some type of prid, you see us in uniform, see that we're helping, serving the country, brings the community closer together," Rogozin said.

"You have to remember you were once a civilian and it's important for us to give back to the community," Hernandez said.

Home Works will work on four homes over the next three days. If you'd like to seek assistance or volunteer visit homeworksofamerica.org

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