Purple Heart Homes To Help Local Veteran

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Nathan Harris says he will never forget what he saw on the front lines during one of the largest helicopter assaults since Vietnam.

After being wounded in the war, he's just trying to get his life back on track. 

"I've had a really tough road," said Sgt. Harris. "I've moved four times in the last fives or six days." 

Soon, that won't be a problem for him. 

Harris will finally be able to put down roots at a new home in November. Purple Heart Homes, along with WFMY News 2, TIMCO, the Crescent Rotary Club, and several other groups, are on track to renovate a Greensboro home to honor Harris for his service. 

"As a combat-wounded vet myself, it really means that we can come out, and we're not really broken," said John Gallina, executive director of Purple Heart Homes. "We still have something to offer the community. Nathan still has something to offer his community."

You might have heard his name before. Nathan Harris' heroism was the focus of an Oscar-nominated documentary. Still, when he sets his eyes on what will soon be his home, Harris can't help but be humbled. 

"Putting it in words is really hard," he said. "It means more than all the fighting we do or...or actually justifies what I've gone through, what other wounded soldiers have gone through."

And that's exactly the goal of this project. 

"Vets out there, no matter what branch of the service, are literally putting their lives on the line every day - every second of every day," said Brian Sowers of the Crescent Rotary Club. "This is the least we can do, as Americans, to pay tribute and to honor all those folks who have done this for so long and so well."

And, Harris says the gift won't stop with him. 

"A gift like this requires much more than a thank you," he said. "It surprisingly has been done for me, of all people. So, you know, all I want to do now is give back. 

Sgt. Harris' target move-in date is November 11 - Veterans Day. 

Sowers says Home Depot is also playing a major role in the project. The home improvement store will provide volunteers to help with renovations and a grant for supplies. 

To find out how you can help a wounded warrior get the home they need, visit the Purple Heart Homes website

WFMY News 2

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