War veteran amazed, humbled by new home for family

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OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio -- An Iraqi war veteran from Olmsted Falls is getting a new home thanks to volunteers lending a helping hand.

"We are gonna have more than a home; we are gonna have our lives restored," said Alex Haworth, a veteran.

Haworth is getting a new home for his wife and two girls thanks to help from Home Depot volunteers who partnered up with the Carpenters Union and members of the VFW.

"It's amazing and very humbling to know that people you never met a day in your life before, are coming to help you out and thanks to those three and Home Depot and all the other contractors who, you know, volunteered their time, money and labor," said Haworth.

While on patrol in Afghanistan the 27-year-old soldier was seriously injured by a suicide bomber and spent 13 months in recovery.

"Encountered a 12-year-old suicide bomber, detonated a vest. Three Americans lost their lives, untold number of Afghan soldiers lost their lives and then there were a lot of wounded," said Haworth.

Upon his return from Iraq, Haworth faced medical and financial hardships and needed help with his home.

More than 50 volunteers from 10 area Home Depot stores have given their time to give the Haworth family a new home.

Home Depot volunteers remodeled the bathrooms, primed and painted the house plus provided lots of new landscaping.

"The great thing you see about every orange shirt here, that they are volunteering their time. They have not clocked in store and get bused across town. They are here on their own time to volunteer their service to help veterans in need," said Chris Lavelle of Home Depot.

If all goes according to plan, the new Haworth home is expected to be completed by the end of October.

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