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Organization that helps military vets needs help

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A military veteran is paying it forward, after getting help from a local organization. Now, Operation Helping Heroes also needs help to continue its mission.

The organization is trying to provide a little holiday cheer to a lot of local military families. To do that, it needs gift cards and financial donations from the public.

"When I first started coming out here, I was out here every other day," said Retired Army Staff Sgt. Paul McGinnis.

As McGinnis finished up his weekly visits at the Louisville VA Medical Center, he talked to us about his career, retirement and treatment.

"They've been willing to help me and help my wife get through -- you know -- the questions that we had," McGinnis explained.

A 20-year military career left McGinnis with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and a bad back.  That's why a recent home repair project was out of the question, until he was introduced to Michael Morgan.

"He was like, 'you know what, yeah, we'll be glad to help ya'," McGinnis said. 

Michael Morgan is with Operation Helping Heroes.

"Next thing I know they were out there at seven o'clock in the morning and they went to town," said McGinnis.

The organization went to town with dry wall repairs, a new front door and flag pole.

"We have done several military room makeovers over the years," said Morgan.

Operation Helping Heroes' main goal is room and home repairs, but during the holiday season...the mission is different.

Morgan explained, "It is the 10th annual Christmas angel program; it benefits our local military heroes, their children and families during Christmas."

The organization is collecting those gift cards to give to struggling military veterans for their children.

"There's a lot who are not doing so good right now, younger families. So we want to provide a $50 to $75-dollar gift card for each child," said Morgan.

Meanwhile, these days the only military action for Paul McGinnis is at the VA center, but he did have one last mission or trick up his sleeves with a $200 donation.

"For them to turn that around and say 'hey, you're going to take this and help somebody else' pretty cool," said Morgan.

McGinnis said, "That was important to me, that I give back what was given to me."

Operation Helping Heroes will deliver gift cards and food baskets to veterans Monday of next week at the Ford Union hall on Chamberlain Lane.

Click here to donate to Operation Helping Heroes

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