Still soaked from working in the March 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 Guadalcanal in 1942, is preparing his home to sell. Saunders said he was grateful but also a little embarrassed when Yamamoto and others with the Sacramento Blue Star Moms, a veteran service organization, showed up to help out. They held an estate sale for him and made improvements to his home, like tearing out old carpeting, pruning shrubbery and prepping the exterior for new siding. Originally formed by mothers during World War II, the local chapter sends 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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