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Volunteers Work To Build New Home For Wounded Veteran, Family

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OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio – This is truly the labor of love. Volunteers are building a home for a military veteran, his wife and their two small children.

Alex Hayworth, who is with the Ohio Army National Guard, was wounded in Afghanistan in 2012.

"It was hard, and dealing with injuries, we were just in a situation where we were facing not having a home. And we were lucky enough that these groups stepped in to help us," Hayworth said.

The volunteers come from near and far, all with the same purpose.

"It's one way of giving back, you know?" said Kevin Ennis, of the Local 435 Carpenters. "They serve our country, and we feel this is one way we can give back to them."

Charles Vitchers, one of the co-founder of one of the charities involved here, "H.O.N.O.R.S.," came from New York to help out.

"I spent nine months cleaning up Ground Zero," Vitchers said. "I met a lot of the victims' families, and one particular guy and I decided that we were going to try to do something for the soldiers that were coming back."

But there were lots of local volunteers, as well, including from the North Olmsted Veterans of Foreign Wars post, who say doing this work is important to them.

"And that's what the VFW is all about," Richie said. "We honor the dead by helping the living, and there's no better way than helping our young men and women who are coming home now."

Vitchers added, "We have all kinds of volunteers coming from the local community, which is great. And also we have people who are coming out from New York (we are from New York). So, people who have come out from New York to help out here and there. It's all volunteers. It's all donated time and materials."

Hayworth said of the work they're doing, "It's a surreal feeling to see people you have never met a day in your life donate their time and their money and their resources to give you something that they probably don't even have. Words don't cover it."

FOX's Bill Shields reported that everyone knows they are not really building the Hayworth family a house. They're building them a home.

"A home will be more than a place to lay your head and eat your breakfast," Hayworth said. "It will be a place that we make memories for the rest of our life."

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