Local non-profit in national contest to win $250,000 - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Local non-profit in national contest; will use money for military retreat

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Heather Steele is a mother of 3, who is waiting for her husband to return home.

"I can only imagine what they see, what they hear, what they go through on a daily basis," says Heather Steele of Louisville.

Her husband, Tech Sergeant Nate Steele, is currently deployed to Afghanistan.  

WDRB was there last September when the non-profit organization Active Heroes teamed up with Home Depot. Together, the two organizations surprised the airman before he deployed with a home makeover.

"He didn't know how the work was going to be done, what his family was going to do, so we were very, very grateful to them," says Heather Steele.

Troy Yocum, with Active Heroes, says in the last 2 years they've been able to help more than 1,800 military families. He says they help them get back on their feet financially, and with home repairs.

In March, Active Heroes won $25,000 from the Home Depot Foundation, putting them in a national contest against 9 other organizations across the country.

They're now hoping to win $250,000 to build a military retreat for veterans.

"We see it as a real place of healing. A place where veterans can come and camp for free, bring their entire family, enjoy activities like hiking, biking, canoeing, swimming, fishing," says Troy Yocum with Active Heroes.

Yocum says it will also give them therapy, and a chance to speak with a psychiatrist if they are suffering from PTSD, or other mental health disorders.

"They all deserve a place like this. They deserve a place of healing," says Troy Yocum.

With less than a week to go until the national contest is over, he's hoping the community will step up to help make the military retreat a reality.

"I think it is a way for us to say thank you for what they've done for us and for our country," says Heather Steele.

The contest ends Friday evening at midnight, and you can vote once a day!

To vote in the Home Depot Aprons in Action contest, click here.

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