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Retreat center for wounded veterans and first responders nearly complete

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---Veterans and first responders who've experienced traumatizing events will soon have a place to heal in Southern Indiana.

It's been a little more than 4 months since the groundbreaking of a new retreat center in Corydon, Indiana, and in just three weeks there will be even more of a reason to celebrate.

In a matter of months the handicap-accessible retreat center has gone from the early stages, to now being nearly complete.

"We've got it about 99% done at this point," says Rodney Bruce.

Rodney Bruce is the founder of Hero Reward, a non-profit that offers services to veterans and first responders, free of charge.

They are able to enjoy a serene environment, where they can fish, hunt, or simply sit around and talk.

 Some of them, are dealing with issues like PTSD, and need a place to reunite with their families and relax.

"The families will come in and stay and they'll have the whole place to themselves," says Rodney Bruce.  

Rodney Bruce says they've been able to help hundreds of people over the years, and for him it's personal.

He started the non-profit after hearing his grandfather, a World War II veteran, talk about a former war buddy that he hadn't seen in years.

He was able to reunite them.

"There's a lot of issues that these guys have that just simply being able to sit and talk to the people that they've shared those experiences with, it's healing beyond comprehension," says Rodney Bruce.

Work is now coming to an end on this latest retreat center. It was made possible by donations from Ford, UAW Local 862, and local contractors. Rodney Bruce is hoping it allows the healing to continue for many others.

The celebration for this new retreat center will be Saturday, September 7th, starting at 1 p.m. and continuing throughout the evening.

First responders and veterans will be on hand for the event.

For more information on Hero Reward, click here.

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