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Progress being made on retreat center for wounded veterans and service members

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---Work is underway in Corydon, Indiana on a new handicap accessible retreat center for veterans and first responders.

Rodney Bruce, with the organization Hero Reward, says they've been working on the building for the last 2 weeks.

The organization owns 240 acres where service members can fish, hunt, and get back on their feet.

"We can handle multiple families and they still have their personal space. It's going very well," says Rodney Bruce, the founder of Hero Reward.

Ford and UAW Local 862 donated $60,000 dollars, along with $40,000 in labor to make the new handicap accessible retreat center possible.

"They've really made this dream a reality," says Rodney Bruce.

Nick Reid is one of the men helping with the project. 

"These guys coming back from foreign wars, I can't imagine the stress they go through and the kind of peace they would need to get over that," says Nick Reid, a UAW member and Ford employee.

The retreat center will give veterans and first responders a chance to relax, and become re-acquainted with their families. This will be Hero Reward's second retreat center. The first served more than two dozen families last year.

It's not only the physically wounded who need help. It's places like this, that aim to give them the help they need.  

"There's a lot of veterans out there that have issues stemming from PTSD and things like that. Their injuries aren't apparent by looking at them. They've experience some pretty traumatizing events.," says Rodney Bruce.

"There's people who react to tragedies and the soldiers that keep us free so we can do what we want in this country, and I don't think they get the help they end," says Nick Reid.

And as for when this new retreat center will be complete, they hope to have the project finished in the next 2 to 3 weeks.

To learn more about Hero Reward, Click here.

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