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07/23/08 - Tyler

Home Depot Takes Care Of Own As Employee Is Called To Iraq

"You can do it. We can help."

That's their slogan and they're sticking to it.

The folks at Home Depot in Tyler wanted to be sure one of their own was well taken care of while he served his country.

Wednesday, KLTV 7's Layron Livingston went back to work with Private First Class Steven Blaylock, just back from Iraq.

He's patrolling the aisles of the hardware store. His uniform, a bright orange apron.

But a few months ago, Steven Blaylock, a military policeman with the Army National Guard was patrolling the streets of Iraq.

His mission now, still to help.

"It's great to be back at work in a civilian job again," Steven told us.

Steven works in the lumber department at Home Depot.

He'd only been there a month when he got his orders.

"[I] got eleven days notice to go to Iraq."

"He proved within the short amount of time that he was an example of what we wanted," said Mike Lagess, the operations manager at Home Depot here in Tyler.

"He was one of those where, if he could get it done without being asked to, he was always the first one."

Steven had to leave his job, but his job did not leave him.

Home Depot continued to pay him part of his salary during his tour of duty.

His position still waiting for him when he got back.

And the support didn't end there.

"While we were out there, it was hard to get tools to us," said Steven.

"While we may not share the same outlook of the war with our government, we support our troops a hundred percent," said Lagess.

"Home Depot actually discounted a huge amount of tools for us."

The CEO also sent him a letter thanking him for his service.

"Because it's not necessarily about the war itself, it's about the people over there."

"All the employees, we're like one big family here, and regardless if you're here or in Iraq, fighting for our country, you're still part of that family, regardless of if you're wearing that apron or not," said Lagess.

And Private Blaylock doesn't plan on taking that apron off anytime soon.

"By no means....no plans of leaving," he told us.

We first told you about Private Blaylock back in February.

At that time, he was working hard to provide school supplies to children in war-torn Iraq.

He wanted to thank everyone who had a part in helping him spread some east Texas hospitality abroad.

Layron Livingston, reporting. llivingston@kltv.com

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