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Home makeover complete for local veteran

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A wounded Iraq war vet is thankful for a huge home makeover that wrapped up Sunday. Volunteers from the Home Depot and Active Heroes put the finishing touches on Michael Hayes' home.

Hayes was the sole survivor of a Humvee explosion in Iraq in 2006 and suffered burns on more than 40 percent of his body and lost his left leg.

We've been following his journey this week to watch the progress volunteers are making to make his living situation a little easier.

Hayes says he can't describe how much this help means to him.

"I've seen some guys who have gone through some really hard stuff, and this is the stuff that can really pull you out of it," said Hayes.

Hayes has been pursuing a career in professional wrestling since May of 2011 and says it helped save his life.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Volunteers are making progress on a home makeover for a wounded warrior Michael Hayes. Home Depot along with Active Heroes are transforming the home to make it more accessible for the war veteran.

Hayes is the sole survivor of a 2006 Humvee explosion where he suffered severe burns and lost his left leg. He has followed his dream of becoming a professional wrestler and members of the community were inspired by his story. They wanted to help make his living situation better to thank him for his service.

"My mentality is, don't be afraid to get your hands dirty, especially when people are just helping you out. You don't want to just sit back and watch and say 'oh, I'll enjoy it when it's done.' This is all such a blessing. I never once asked for it, nor expected it," said Hayes.

Home Depot has donated $15,000 toward the renovation. It is expected to be finished by Sunday.

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