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Wounded warrior's home repaired thanks to donation

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Renovations for a wounded warrior's home almost came to a halt. Their money ran out and volunteers needed another $10,000.

WAVE 3 News reported the story Friday. Within one day, the VFW answered the call to duty.

During a check presentation Saturday, Sgt. First Class John Gatz flashed a grin knowing his house will be a home again.

"Means a lot to me. Eases my mind," Gatz said.

When Gatz returned from Afghanistan, inspectors discovered poisonous mold in his family's home of 12 years. Gatz moved his family into a small apartment. That's when Service For Peace stepped in to help along with Operation Helping Heroes.

"The doctors told them that two of the children got junior asthma living in this house," Michael Morgan said.

Morgan, one of the leaders in renovating the home, immediately received a call after WAVE 3 News aired the story.

"I received an unexpected call from the VFW. The person on the other line was watching WAVE 3 and saw the great work being done," Morgan said.

The viewer would end up being VFW Commander in Chief William Thien. "We saw the story and knew we had to be part of this effort," Thien said.

Thien presented a $10,000 check the following day.

"All it does is reinforce my new train of thought that people do care and have not forgotten veteran service members," Gatz said.

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