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Sheila Mutascio, left, and Carol Barkalow work to change the battery in a smoke detector in one of the eight homes they’ve rehabbed for veterans in St. Petersburg. The pair behind Heaven on Earth for Veterans have rented to 49 people so far.DIRK SHADD | Times

St. Petersburg pair on a mission to provide homes for veterans

Retired Army Lt. Col. Carol Barkalow understands her tenants. She remembers the grind of training and the camaraderie that stems from combat, not sleeping for 36 hours, and the feeling of mortar explosions echoing in her chest. She knows what it's like to fight overseas and come home to a different kind of battle.  …

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