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Community renovates home for married wounded soldiers

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A community of volunteers has reached out to a husband and wife in Clarksville who were both wounded while at war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 2011, Todd and Catherine Shaw’s home was damaged by a tornado, only to be damaged once again mere days later by a sec.

While they were able to repair their home with help and insurance money, they were unable to make it handicap accessible.

Todd and Catherine, however, were both injured while fighting overseas. They have both received the Purple Heart, and are the first two married recipients in America.

Having a home accessible for both them and their fellow wounded soldiers was important, so the community stepped up to make that a reality.

With the help of Sears and a group called Rebuilding Together Nashville, volunteers renovated and modified their home to give them easier access.

A new ramp was built outside to allow wheelchairs inside their home without a problem.

“This is a blessing from God,” Todd told News 2.

Todd, who still endures many surgeries, was blown up 16 times by IEDs, Catherine said.

“He has a broken neck and back in different places. He has some difficulties with walking, and he also has an unsteady gate,” she explained.

The changes to their home made everything from household chores to cooking dinner easier for the couple with a new double oven.

“We do a lot of cooking and before, if we had a big family dinner, I’d cook in my oven, and then make it and send it over to the neighbors and say, ‘Would you cook this for me?’” Catherine said with a laugh.

The Shaws’ said the changes will even benefit their friend Brian, a fellow Purple Heart recipient who relies on a wheelchair to get around.

“If we were upstairs cooking, he had to climb up the stairs on his belly, somebody bring up his chair, and he just sits up there,” Todd explained. “But with the ramp up front now, he can upstairs [and] get in the kitchen.”

He added that they even had a cupboard built to be handicap accessible, so Brian can even help cook or “do whatever” with ease.

The Purple Heart couple is extremely grateful for the changes and how they’ve improved their quality of life.

“Without Sears and without Rebuilding Together, this would have never happened,” said Catherine. “We are so blessed.”

The Shaws’ home is the 1,500th project for the Sears program “Heroes at Home.”

A special celebration will be held at their house Wednesday.

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