PCU Jason Dunham Sailors Participate in Habitat for Humanity Project

Story Number: NNS101109-03Release Date: 11/9/2010 5:38:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Desire Green, Navy Public Affairs Support Element East

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (NNS) -- Sailors from Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Jason Dunham (DDG 109) volunteered their time to help build a home for a Habitat for Humanity project in Boynton Beach, Fla., Nov. 8.

Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization that builds homes for people in need, was established to help eradicate homelessness throughout the United States.

"Habitat for Humanity provides affordable housing for needy families," said Habitat for Humanity Construction Manager Patrick Lamb. "The owners have to have a minimum income, fairly decent credit and a clean record with the law. They have to dedicate their time to the organization. It's not a handout. They have to work."

"We wouldn't be able to survive without the volunteers," said Lamb. "We can't do it without them. We really value these people they are great."

Sailors from PCU Jason Dunham were more than happy to lend a hand to a family in need.

"It feels good because I know there are people who are struggling," said Sonar Technician (Surface) Seaman Anthony Rodriguez. "I know how it is not to have a place. I have three kids, and I know how hard it is. It feels good because you're helping."

The ship's crew has a busy week of community relations while in Port Everglades in preparation for the ship's Nov. 13 commissioning ceremony.

The ship is named after Marine Corps Cpl. Jason Dunham, who was mortally wounded by insurgents in Iraq in April 2004 and who posthumously received the Medal of Honor Jan. 11, 2007.

"When the military can give back to families in need, it feels good," said Culinary Specialist 1st Class (SW) Shawn Simmons. "A lot of families reach out to us when we deployed so this is my way to give back to them."

Watch the commissioning ceremony for PCU Jason Dunham live on Navy.mil at www.navy.mil Nov. 13.

For more news from PCU Jason Dunham (DDG 109), visit www.navy.mil/local/ddg109/.

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