Ten Sarasota police officers volunteered last weekend to work on a home for a retired Brandon soldier, an injured veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, so she can be closer to her job.
“I’m so grateful to all the members of law enforcement who helped out. I appreciate it so much,” said Sgt. Tia McCants of the house being built by Habitat for Humanity Sarasota. “They did so well, I didn’t know we were going to get as much accomplished as well did.”
McCants, who has a degree from the University of South Florida in social work, joined the Army in 2008 and served more than four years in the Army’s language school where she became fluent in Farsi, according to a release from the Sarasota Police Department. During one of the tours, she was riding in a convoy when her vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. The blast injured her shoulder and gave her a concussion that left her with lingering headaches. The injury cut short her service.
McCants, a single mother who lives in Brandon with her teenage daughter, commutes 100 miles roundtrip to her job at the Department of Veterans Affairs community clinic at 5682 Bee Ridge Road, police said.
McCants, along with her daughter, began volunteering after the ground-breaking in November and is working toward her required 300 volunteer hours of sweat equity.
The home on Rainbow Circle West in Sarasota is expected to be completed in late May or early June, police said.