Groundbreaking for new retreat center for local military - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Groundbreaking for new retreat center for local military, first responders

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---Officials with Ford and United Auto workers Local 862 broke ground on Saturday in Corydon, Indiana on a new retreat center.

Officials say it will provide overnight housing accommodations for wounded service members, first responders, and their families.

The non-profit organization Hero Reward owns the 240 acre facility in Corydon, Indiana.

The organization already helps wounded veterans and their families at no charge, giving them uninterrupted family time.

"I don't think that the general public understands how much stress it causes on a family situation and scenario being gone 6, 8, 10 months," says Rodney Bruce, the Founder and CEO of Hero Reward.

The wounded veterans can relax and reconnect with friends and family through fishing, hunting, or even just sitting around the campfire.

"That's why I personally think this is important to these guys as traditional medicine to be out here and be part of this," says Rodney Bruce.

Now, a joint effort between Ford and UAW Local 862 will help the non-profit organization and the wounded veterans even more.

The groups are donating $100,000 to construct a new retreat center for military members and first responders that is handicap accessible.

It's an effort to help the men and women serving our country, who need some help themselves. 

"These are the reason we have our freedoms. The things we can do every day is because there's people out there fighting, protecting us," says Rusty Pike, with the Indiana Patriot Guard.

The new facility is expected to be completed in 4 to 6 weeks.

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