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Fort Benning soldiers roll up their sleeves to help their own

Some Fort Benning soldiers rolled up their sleeves to help one of their own on Saturday.

News leader 9 was at the home and talked to the former soldier who says it's nice to finally have someone do something for him.

At his home on Memphis Street in Columbus that he shares with his wife Katie, 77 year-old Jackie Kirkpatrick Sr. told us old stories of his days as a soldier in Vietnam.

He's a highly decorated veteran who spent 24 years of his life serving in the army.

"His overall spirit was just awesome and to see the struggles that they're going through right now, he's just an awesome energy. He's told me on several occasions that he would be out here doing it himself but unfortunately he's just not physically able," team captain and soldier in Delta Company 146th Infantry, added Lt. E. Thomas Bowen

1st Lt. Bowen and soldiers from 146th Infantry, teamed up with the organization House of Heroes to help Kirkpatrick out around his home.

"You've got to care for people and how they are and what they need in life, and I need help. I'm not begging for it but I need it," said Kirkpatrick.

After suffering from several medical issues including the removal of his left lung, Kirkpatrick cannot take care of his home like he use to.

The 146th Infantry group and volunteers put their work boots and gloves on and got to work.

"We did some minor roof repair as well as some yard maintenance on the outside. We did everything from] tree trimming to hedge trimming and general landscaping," Lt. Bowen said.

Inside the home, the team painted and redid the floors. House of Heroes donates the $1500 dollars needed to complete the one day project.

Volunteer Coordinator Sara Shehane says after a year long wait she is happy House of Heroes is able to help Kirkpatrick.

"So many veterans in our country have been overlooked for the service that they've done for our country. This is just a small way to give back to them," said Shehane.

Kirkpatrick was presented with a flag from the United States Congress during a dedication ceremony.

Them coming to my home] makes me feel good, because they're trying to repay me for what I did for them, for you all, and myself too for that matter.

I didn't do it just for you; I did it for me too. Now, I'm here to enjoy it."

House of Heroes has several other projects for you to get in on. If you would like to volunteer with House of Heroes you can call at 706-569-7011.

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