HelpingAHero.Org is a national organization that builds homes for injured soldiers. Helping a hero, along with many community members, broke ground Saturday for it's first home in Kentucky for one of Warren County's most deserving.
"Our homes are a combination of money, and kind donations from suppliers and builders, and subcontractors giving us their labor," says Meredith Iler, Chairman and Founder of HelpingAHero.Org.
Sgt. J.D. Williams lost both his legs and one arm after stepping on an IED on October 9, 2010. Since then he has been on the road to recovery, smiling every step of the way, and lifting the spirits of those around him, including those who visited him during recovery.
"The thing that really touched me was his spirit. I think he could tell that I was kinda shocked and was immediately just like hey man im good you know im alright. I mean his strength and inspiration inspired me and that's my whole reason for being there was to inspire him," says Staff Sgt. Shilo Harris.
The community came out in full force Saturday to honor Sgt. Williams, his family, and his future home.
"It's a blessing to have all this stuff happen. You don't expect this kind of thing and when it does happen it's like getting shell shocked again. It's amazing, especially this great community all coming together taking time out of their day to come here to help support me that means a whole lot to me," says Sgt. Williams.
Facing some of lifes most challenging times Sgt. Williams remains positive, living a normal life, and helping other wounded soldiers who may be having a tough time.
"I look at each challenge every single day. I have challenges every single day and its stuff that I accept happily. So for all those guys they just need to cowboy up and realize it's not the end of the road," says Sgt. Williams.
That road looks bright for Williams, his wife, and his young daughter.
Sgt. Williams gives back to other wounded warriors by taking them fishing, hunting, and reminding them there is life beyond their injuries.
To learn more about helping a hero visit HelpingAHero.Org.