Homes for veterans: Volunteers build homes on the National Mall

A group of veterans is joining forces with volunteers from Habitat for Humanity to build seven homes on the National Mall. Each home they plan to build represents a branch of the military.

Once they are framed, the homes will be relocated around the D.C. area.

Organizers of the project say they want to bring attention to the needs of veterans – especially those who return from the battlefield without a place to live

For veteran Regina Best, it’s easy to smile now. But only a month ago, she was living a nightmare.

“It’s almost a feeling of hopelessness and despair,” she said.

Best spent four years in the U.S. Air Force, but when she returned home, her world began to unravel. She was suddenly homeless.

But even while homeless herself, Best began volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, slowly rebuilding her life by helping others. And in the shadow of the Washington Monument, dozens of volunteers are joining her for a day-long build on the Mall to raise awareness about the serious issue of veteran homelessness.

Heather Fitz, an outreach coordinator for Habitat, says that the goal is to have families moved in by the end of the summer.