Racine students build homes for veterans

MANY OF OUR VETERANS RETURNING FROM DUTY ARE STRUGGLING TO GET BACK ON THEIR FEET.

JOYCE: TONIGHT WISN 12 NEWS MIKE , ANDERSON IS WITH SOME HIGH SCHOOLERS WHO ARE ON A SPECIAL MISSION TO HELP THEM.

>> ALL THE HAMMERING SOUNDS LIKE A HIGH SCHOOL DRUM LINE, BUT IT'S ACTUALLY A HIGH SCHOOL HOUSE BUILDING TEAM.

RACINE HORLICK AND PARK HIGH SCHOOL KIDS ARE BUILDING TINY HOMES FOR VETERANS AS PART OF THE CITY'S VETERANS VILLAGE PROJECT.

>> HIGH TALKED TO A COUPLE OF THOSE GUYS, LIVING ON PEOPLE'S COUCHES, CARS, LIVING UNDER BRIDGES.

>> THEY WANT TO HELP VETERANS WHO ARE TRYING TO GET ON THEIR FEET AFTER COMING BACK FROM TOURS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN.

>> A NICE, SLOW, EASY RHYTHM.

>> THEY'RE WORKING TO BUILD 15 TINY HOMES BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

THEY WILL GO HERE, THIS EMPTY SPACE BEHIND THE VETERANS OUTREACH CENTER IN RACINE, TRANSFORMED INTO A VILLAGE JUST FOR THEM.

>> I HAVE ALWAYS LIKED BUILDING THINGS, DESIGNING THINGS, AND DOING THIS FOR THE VETERANS IS A GOOD CHANCE FOR ALL THAT.

>> JONATHON BEESLEY IS SPENDING HIS 16TH BIRTHDAY WORKING ON THE PROJECT.

OTHERS OFTEN GIVE UP THEIR LUNCH HOUR.

>> THEY GET 42 MINUTES FOR LUNCH, AND THEY ARE DOWN HERE WORKING.

THEY WILL BRING A SANDWICH, COME OUT HERE DURING THE LUNCH HOUR AND WORK.

>> EVEN THE COLD AND SNOW HASN'T STOPPED THEM BECAUSE THEY'RE ON , A MISSION.

IN RACINE, MIKE ANDERSON, WISN 12 NEWS.