LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---The mission of Active Heroes is very clear to Iraq war veteran Troy Yocum.
It helps military families needing financial help.
"Some of them come to us and say ‘I don't know where to turn to. I feel like there's no way out of my financial situation that I'm in right now," says Troy Yocum.
Yocum started the non-profit organization in 2011 after finishing a journey across the country to raise money for these families.
The journey hasn't stopped.
His organization is now one of four across the country competing for $25,000 in the Home Depot Foundation's Aprons in Action contest.
"Active Heroes is the only Kentucky charity in the running. If we win in March, we move on to the final round in May for the ultimate grand prize of $250,000," he says.
The money will go toward renovating and repairing homes for active military members and veterans in our local area.
In the last year, they've already been able to help two families locally with help from Home Depot and volunteers.
"We are definitely looking to start repairing houses locally. We think it's a great thing to honor these wounded veterans," says Troy Yocum.
In September of 2012, they made repairs to Tech Sergeant Nate Steele's home as he was deploying to Afghanistan.
Then in January 2013, they had another home makeover. The recipient was wounded veteran Michael Hayes, the sole survivor of a humvee explosion in Iraq.
Hayes lost one of his legs in the explosion and was emotional as the group made repairs to his home.
"Some guys go through some really hard stuff and this is the kinds of stuff that can really pull you out of it," Spc. Michael Hayes told WDRB in January.
Now, Active Heroes is hoping for its own help.
If Active Heroes wins the $25,000 competition, Yocum says they plan to use the money to continue to help military men and women who need some help repairing and renovating their homes.
"We're looking for people here in Louisville to really get involved in these projects so we can turn our community around for veterans," says Troy Yocum.
The contest ends on March 31st. You can vote once a day.
To vote in the contest, click here.
To learn more about Active Heroes, click here.
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