LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Losing a grandfather to suicide from PTSD prompted one veteran to help others.

Troy Yocum launched a program called Active Heroes, which built this Military Family Retreat Center in Shepherdsville.

On Friday, it opened its first cabin and broke ground on a second. 

The cabins serve as a place for military families to get away and take part in programs to help them cope.

The goal is to end the growing problem of veteran suicide.

"Eight-thousands veterans a year commit suicide, a huge number and epidemic that we must reduce," Yocum said. "And it's going to be retreats like Active Hero retreats that play a part in reducing."

The first cabin was dedicated to Major Justin Fitch. He worked to raise money for the project while battling terminal cancer.

For more information on Active Heroes, click here.

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