Five local charities build homes for disabled vets in Denver

Five local charities build homes for disabled vets in Denver

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by AMY COWMAN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on June 28, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 28 at 5:44 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Many veterans come back from war disabled, unable to work and without a home for their families. Five local charities teamed up to give five of those families a home, and the first is being built Friday in Denver.

"We have our good days and our bad days. We have more good days now than we used to," said veteran wife, Michele Hyde.
 
The Hyde family has seen some hard times since Sgt. Jason Hyde last served in Afghanistan in 2010.
 
"I didn't know where to go. I didn't have any contact with VA. They didn't tell me where to go or what to do," said Sgt. Hyde.
 
He came back disabled.
 
"He has knee issues, hearing. Just real severe depression," said Michele.
 
Jason, Michele and their four children had been living with family in Spartanburg until they got the news they've prayed for-- a turn in luck, their own home.
 
"I see a slab, then I'll see walls and a roof coming up, and it's very overwhelming how quickly they're doing it," said Jason.
 
The Hyde Family first linked up with Purple Heart Homes. They worked with The Patriot Charities and Hearts and Hammers, which teamed up with five charities to build five homes for five disabled veteran families.
 
"We feel it's really important we help people who have fought for our freedom. We all know freedom really isn't free," said Dana Bradley, president of The Patriot Charities.
 
No one knows that better than fellow veterans, some who showed up and volunteered their own time to help build the Hyde home.
 
"It's fantastic and just being a veteran myself, coming out to help a fellow veteran means a lot," said veteran Maj. Mark McMahan.
 
Three more homes will go up on the adjacent lot, plus Lowe's is chipping in to build a community park and playground for the kids. As each slab of wood gets nailed together, Jason says he slowly can envision his family's new beginning.
 
"I feel like this is a dream now, so I'm just waiting for someone to pinch me and wake me up," said Sgt. Hyde.
 
The charities involved say they are always needing extra help and donations, including anything from building materials to people who can pave. If you’d like to help you can visit here.

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