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Political rivals team up to help disabled vets

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- When you hear about politicians teeing off against each other, it's usually not a good thing. But on Monday, two Kentucky politicians were able to put partisanship aside.

It's called the Odd Couple Challenge. Two politicians on the opposite ends of the spectrum come together on the golf course to help wounded warriors.

One is a liberal Democrat. The other a libertarian Republican.  In Washington, they rarely agree. But at Valhalla, Rep. John Yarmuth and Sen. Rand Paul joined forces to drive home a point.

"Patriotism and sacrifice are not things that are divided by partisanship," said Yarmuth.

Yarmuth and Paul are co-hosting a golf tournament to benefit www.HelpingaHero.org, which builds custom homes for veterans disabled in combat.

"John Yarmuth and I have a good, friendly relationship on a personal basis. We don't always agree, but we do agree on helping the veterans," said Paul.

Helping a Hero recently finished a home in Nicholasville, KY for Matt Bradford, a Marine who lost both legs and was blinded by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

"Having a house that's fully accessible for your needs helps out," said Bradford.

"A true gift to see your husband gain his independence back and be able to go into the various rooms and play with the kids and do things on his own that he wasn't able to do," said Bradford's wife, Amanda.

This tournament will raise $150,000, enough to build one home for a Kentucky veteran.

"When Sen. Paul and Congressman Yarmuth team up, I think anything can happen. And it was exciting to watch the two work together and work so hard to reach out to the community," said Meredith Iler, Chairman and Founder of www.HelpingaHero.org.

They may be an odd couple. But when it comes to supporting our veterans, cooperation seems par for the course. 

"Housing has always been a huge problem for returning vets, so it's very rewarding to be able to do this," said Yarmuth.

"I think it shows that, really, there are things that rise above partisanship," said Paul.

The veteran who will receive the new home has not yet been selected.

Click here for information on how to apply, or how to donate.

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