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Volunteers help build home for wounded warrior

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Garmon's home is being built on Lake Creek Drive, and the not for profit group working on the project hopes to give Garmon a mortgage free home. Garmon's home is being built on Lake Creek Drive, and the not for profit group working on the project hopes to give Garmon a mortgage free home.
GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

It's been more than a year since Specialist Corey Garmon made his way back from an army hospital to a hero's welcome in Sardis City after an IED blast seriously wounded him. Since then, a not for profit group and the Boaz Veterans of Foreign Wars have worked to raise materials, and money to build Garmon and his family a home in Guntersville.

The slab is poured, and Friday two of 18 volunteers arrived to begin framing Garmon's home. It's a project they're looking forward to beginning.

"Oh all week it's been wonderful putting things together, and getting up this morning, leaving out of there early knowing that next week, we're going to be with all of our friends we haven't seen in a long time and be able to do this," said Mike Fitzpatrick, the volunteer organizer. "Corey's coming home Wednesday, and he's going to meet everybody. He's not met any of these guys also, so it's going to be a special week."

The first two volunteers that arrived met up with Garmon's father and people at the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Boaz. They spent the afternoon soliciting businesses and people to help with aspects of the project that are still not complete.

Garmon's home is being built on Lake Creek Drive, and the not for profit group working on the project hopes to give Garmon a mortgage free home. One volunteer joined Fitzpatrick in making the trip from Michigan to help, even though he didn't know the wounded warrior.

"I spent ten years in the military, whether you're in the military, fire department, it's still a brotherhood, and when something happens to one of your own, you take care of them," said volunteer Tom Kessler. "Mike has been really involved in this, and he's taken full bore on it. He needs help. We're going to help wherever it's at, so when you're in the business of the brotherhood, you like to help out."

Organizers said the local community has been very kind to step up and assist with the project, but there are still some needs. The brick layers due to arrive from Tennessee had to back out due to a serious illness. Garmon's father said he's thankful for those who are helping with the project as his son continues to recover.

"My wife and daughter has been up there with him all week," said Chris Garmon, Corey's father. "He's doing really really well, getting around good and excited about coming home. He's been through a lot. Two years ago, or almost two years ago when this happened, and I got to him, I didn't think he was going to make it, but he's a lot stronger than I am."

A special ceremony is planned for when Garmon arrives. Organizers hope the home will be completed by mid-summer.

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