Soldier gets home makeover

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by Michelle Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 6:09 PM

 LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Sergeant John Gatz served more than two decades in the military before his last tour in Afghanistan.

“He was a disabled wounded warrior. He had a traumatic brain injury that came from a rocket blast in Afghanistan. When he got back stateside they diagnosed him with PTSD,” said Mike Morgan, director of Operations Helping Heroes Project.

Gatz came home to his wife and three children only to face a toxic problem with his house.

“There were a lot of molds and the kids were getting sick and other toxins,” Gatz said.

Morgan said the family had to move into an apartment while still paying a mortgage for the home.

Service for Peace-Operation Helping Heroes heard the Gatz's story and went to work with the help of UAW Ford and others in the community.

More than $150,000 were donated for labor and materials to make the makeover happen. Gatz and his family said they are full of gratitude.

“There's people out there that truly care and we are just spreading the word. We are going to be right there with these people who helped us because we are going to do the same thing once we get this normalcy that's coming our way,” Gatz said.



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