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Operation Surprise 2023: Bringing it Home for Veterans

November 01, 2023

Giving back to veterans is personal to The Home Depot, as more than 35,000 of the company’s associates are veterans or military spouses. The Home Depot Foundation’s annual Operation Surprise initiative aims to provide life-changing moments of surprise through service to our nation’s veterans.  
From Nov. 1 through Nov. 20, Team Depot will complete hundreds of service projects in honor of Veterans Day. This includes repairing and improving veteran homes across the nation to make them more accessible, more affordable and more livable for the long run.  

"Supporting our veterans is deeply personal to The Home Depot Foundation. Operation Surprise is not just an initiative; it's a heartfelt mission. We're working to ensure our nation's heroes have homes that truly meet their individual needs." - Shannon Gerber, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation 

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 Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested $475 million in veteran causes and helped renovate and enhance more than 55,000 veteran homes and facilities. The goal is to ensure more of our nation’s heroes have a safe, comfortable place to call home that fits their individual needs. Follow #OperationSurprise on social to see how we’re bringing it home for veterans and learn more at