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Volunteers team up to help a wounded warrior

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"It's allowing Jay to have a purpose back in his life," "It's allowing Jay to have a purpose back in his life,"

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Home Depot Foundation and the Daughters of the American Revolution teamed up with other organizations around the community to give back to a wounded warrior.

Jay Swartz has been out of the military for two years, but he was left to deal with a traumatic brain injury.

The wound has left him unable to work and overwhelmed with daily chores around the house.

"It's been a true blessing to see all this happen," Jay said.

Organizations in the community saw that the Swartz family was in need and stepped in to help.

"We really want the veteran to come home and say, 'Wow,' because we appreciate what they do for us everyday," Dan Mallon with The Home Depot Team said.

"It's a way to give back to say thank you for your service," Steve McIntyre, also with Team Depot, said.

Volunteers worked to rebuild a deck, reroof the house, landscape the backyard, and make over Jay's work shop.

"It's awesome to see the support the community has given to us returning home," Jay said.

Volunteer say this is a project that's grown to mean more.

"It's much more than just this one man, but we saw a need and it went further than it ever could," JoAnne Campbell with the DAR said.

Jay's wife Brenda agrees. She thinks this project will help Jay work around his injury.

"It's allowing Jay to have a purpose back in his life," Brenda said.

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