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Tri-State Warrior Outreach and Amvets come together to help Veteran

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The Tri-State Warrior Outreach Program along with Amvets, who assists Veterans and programs for Veterans, helped make a Veteran's life a little easier after suffering a stroke. 

Cold temperatures and the sloshing of mud didn't stop Aaron Patrick and his team from building a wheelchair ramp for Veteran James Detlaff... and as they put the finishing touches on the ramp, Patrick said the Detlaff's are in for a big surprise. 
"He has no idea actually what it's going to look like. His wife may have told him that we're building a ramp or a deck or what not for him, but it's a little bit more than that. We put in a lot more time and pride into it," Patrick said.  
As day turned to night, the Detlaff's came home to see the ramp for the first time... And Carol Detlaff couldn't believe what she saw.
"I'm sorry but it's very emotional, but I just figured our angels were here and it was just beautiful," Carol said.  
As James used the ramp for the first time, he was overcome with emotion - knowing that people he's never met built this for him. 
"I can't believe someone would go through all this trouble.  That's a lot of work out there," James said.  
It took Patrick and his team a week to complete the ramp, but after seeing how grateful the family was, Patrick says it's all worth it. 
"It does, it makes it very special. I mean the stuff that we do is for a reason, it's to help other veterans in a time of need and when we get that type of response, it only means so much more," Patrick said.  
Amvets put up approximately $1,000 for the supplies to help fund this project. 
Patrick says he's wanting to do more for the family, such as putting gravel in the driveway to make it easier to drive.  

 

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