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Help for wounded soldiers and their families

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Soldiers injured on the battlefield come home physically and emotionally scarred.

It can get lonely for them when their families don't have the resources to visit or stay with their love ones while they are rehabbing.

That's where Operation Helping Hands comes in.

Gail Pesce and her son Sean don't know what they would do without the organization. Gail is here from Connecticut, helping Sean after he was seriously wounded while serving in Afghanistan.

"They help make it a little easier so that we can concentrate on our son instead of, ‘how am I going to get this how am I going to get that?' "

Sean was only 19 when he joined the military. A few short months later, he was fighting for his life.

"We were on a mission and we took heavy enemy fire from a second story window and I was shot five times," he said.

Today, Sean is getting treatment at James Haley Veterans Hospital. "Operation Helping Hands" is there to provide support to all injured military and it is making a huge difference.

"I think it's a really good thing for injured soldiers. They help anywhere from clothing to bathroom supplies. They give away gifts at dinners, it's a really good program," he says.

"Helping Hands" has been around since 2004. Many of the volunteers are retired military.

"They like to help and the only payment that they get is a thank you from the patients and the families," said Bob Silah, the director of the organization.

"Helping Hands" relies totally on donations, providing those injured with everything from phone cards to gas cards, and restaurant gift certificates. Anything to make their lives easier.

Sean says it is a big help.

"Thank you and keep up the good work. and all that you do for injured soldiers," he says.

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