Still soaked from working in the rain, Vivienne Yamamoto gives a warm hug to Charles Saunders, after spending the day making repairs to his Roseville mobile home. The 90-year-old Marine veteran, who fought at the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942, needed help preparing his home to sell. Saunders said he was grateful but also a little embarrassed to be on the receiving end of assistance when Yamamoto and others with the Sacramento Blue Star Moms, a veteran service organization, showed up to give support. They held an estate sale for him and made improvements to his home, like tearing out old carpeting, pruning overgrown shrubbery, and prepping the exterior for new siding. Originally formed by mothers during World War II, women in the local chapter send care packages to deployed troops throughout the year. "It's really to give honor to our veterans and to acknowledge their service," says Yamamoto. "As a society, we owe it to them."
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