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Hero's Journey: Wounded Vet Gets 'House of Valor'

There's no place like home, and for retired Army Sgt. J.D. Williams and his family having a place to call their own has been a long time coming. Read Transcript


Reporter: THERE IS NO

PLACE LIKE HOME, AND FOR

SERGEANT J.D. WILLIAMS AND

HIS FAMILY, HAVING A PLACE

TO CALL THEIR OWN HAS BEEN A

LONG TIME COMING.

I THINK HALF OF MY

DAUGHTER'S LIFE SHE GREW UP

IN A HOTEL ROOM.

IT'S BEEN PRETTY STRESSFUL

FOR THE PAST COUPLE YEARS

I'VE BEEN INJURED.

Reporter: ON

OCTOBER 9th, 2010, WILLIAM

STEPPED ON AN I.E.D., AND

THE EXPLOSION TOOK BOTH LEGS

AND AN ARM.

I REMEMBER ROLLING OVER

ON MY BACK AND LOOKING AT

MISE HANDS MY HANDS AND IT

WAS ALL COVERED IN BLOOD.

LOOKED OVER AT MY RIGHT ARM

AND NOTICED IT WAS GONE.

AND STARTED TAKING CONTACT

FROM THE ENEMY.

WE WEREN'T SURE EXACTLY

WHAT HIS INJURIES WERE, WHAT

WAS GOING TO HAPPEN, IF HE

WAS GOING TO MAKE IT.

Reporter: HE DID MAKE

IT, BUT THE ROAD BACK HAS

BEEN SLOW AND LONG.

SOMEONE GAVE ME THE

ADVICE WHEN ALL OF THIS

FIRST HAPPENED, THINGS WILL

BE BETTER TOMORROW.

TODAY MIGHT NOT BE THE

GREATEST DAY, BUT TOMORROW

WILL BE BETTER, SO DON'T

GIVE UP.

Reporter: AND IT HAS

BEEN FULL OF UNEXPECTED

BLESSINGS.

FIRST AND FOREMOST, A NEW

HOME THAT J.D. CALLS HIS

HOUSE OF VALOR, ONE BUILT

WITH HIS SPECIFIC NEEDS IN

MIND.

A NICE LOW OVEN SO J.D.

CAN COOK, PUTTING STUFF IN

THE LOWER OVEN.

Reporter: ELLIE PAUL,

WIFE THE RAND PAUL, GAVE CBN

NEWS A SPECIAL TOUR.

SHE SERVES ON THE BOARD OF

"HELPING A HERO," THE

ORGANIZATION THAT GAVE J.D.

THIS HOME.

THEY HAVE AN ANTLER

CHANDELIER BECAUSE J.D. IS

ORIGINALLY FROM MONTANA AND

HE LOVES TO HUNT.

THEY SENT THIS FOR

WHEELCHAIRS OR THE LEGS THAT

J.D. HAS.

IT HAS BEEN QUITE AN

EXPERIENCE.

Reporter: FOR YOU TO BE

A BLESSING TO SOMEONE, AND

YET YOU'VE BEEN KIND OF

BLESSED IN THE PROCESS, TOO,

I WOULD THINK.

YOU SEE THE LIGHT IN

PEOPLE.

YOU SEE GOD WORKING THROUGH

PEOPLE.

PEOPLE ARE SO GRATEFUL,

SOMETIMES, TO HAVE THE

OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS

GOODNESS.

Reporter: SOME 90

INJURED VETERANS ACROSS MORE

THAN 20 STATES NOW LIVE IN

HOMES THAT ALLOW THEM TO BE

SELF-SUFFICIENT.

JUST TO BE ABLE TO WATCH,

YOU KNOW, HIM LEARN TO

RELIVE HIS LIFE AGAIN, ON

HIS OWN WITHOUT HOPE, YOU

CAN'T ASK FOR EVERYTHING

BETTER THAN THAT.

Reporter: EVERYONE WE

TALKED TO FELT THE SAME

WAY.

ESPECIALLY BETT BENNY

JONES, WHO WASN'T TOO KEEN

IN THE BEGINNING.

I DIDN'T WANT TO DO

THIS.

I'LL TELL YOU THE TRUTH.

Reporter: HIS WIFE SAW

AN ARTICLE IN THE PAPER

ABOUT THE EFFORT, AND SHE

REPEATEDLY ASKED HIM TO READ

IT, AND EACH TIME HE SAID

NO.

HONEY, WE'RE REAL BUSY.

I'LL READ IT WHEN I GET A

CHANCE.

WHEN I READ THE STORY, THAT

WAS IT.

GOD WOULDN'T LET ME NOT DO

IT.

YOU CAN TELL WHEN GOD'S

VOICE IS TALKING TO YOU.

WE CALLED UP MRS. PAUL, AND

WE SAID, WHAT CAN WE DO TO

HELP?

SHE SAID, WE NEED A

BUILDER.

I SAID, YOU'VE GOT ONE.

Reporter: BUT WHEN

ASKED TO HELP, PEOPLE OFTEN

END UP GIVING MORE.

THIS IS ONE OF THE FEW

PROJECTS THAT PEOPLE

ACTUALLY CALL YOU UP AND SAY

THANK YOU FOR ASKING ME TO

GIVE.

FOR LETTING ME HAVE THE

OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE THIS

FAMILY'S LIFE.

Reporter: ONE ANONYMOUS

DONOR MAILED $500 IN $20

BILLS TO BUILDER LARKEN

RITTER.

NOBODY WANTS CREDIT.

NOBODY IS PASSING BUSINESS

CARDS OUT.

THEY'RE ALL JUST, WHAT CAN I

DO?

Reporter: THE FOUR

BEDROOM HOME IS WORTH ABOUT

$400,000, BUT "HELPING A

VET" HELPED COMPLETE IT FOR

ABOUT $150,000 IN CASH.

THEY RAISED MONEY FOR THE

ORGANIZATION.

PROBABLY THE DEMOCRATS

THAT DON'T ALWAYS AGREE IN

WASHINGTON, THAT'S A NEWS

FLASH.

BUT ONE THING WE DO COME

TOGETHER ON IS TRYING TO

HELP OUR WOUNDED VETERANS.

WHETHER YOU BELIEVE IN

THE WAR OR NOT, YOU JUST SEE

WHAT THIS FAMILY HAS BEEN

THROUGH, AND WHAT THIS GUY'S

COMMITMENT AND SACRIFICE WAS

FOR THIS COUNTRY, IT'S VERY

LITTLE TO ASK OF US.

Reporter: BUT J.D.

WON'T CALL IT A SACRIFICE.

I WAS A VERY, VERY

FORTUNATE LEADER TO NOT LOSE

ANYBODY IN BOTH DEPLOYMENTS

THAT I'VE DONE, AND STILL BE

HERE TODAY, YOU KNOW.

AND BEING ABLE TO SAY I DID

TAKE AN I.U.D. OUT OF HARM'S

WAY, AND I LIVED THROUGH

IT.

I REMEMBER LOOKING UP AT THE

SKY AND ASKING GOD, GIVE ME

ONE MORE CHANCE, YOU KNOW?

AND FOR HIM TO COME BACK AND

HAVE ALL OF THESE GOOD

PEOPLE THAT LIVE RIGHT HERE

BUILD US A HOME AND STUFF,

IT'S DEFINITELY GOD LOOKING

OUT FOR US.

I FEEL LIKE I DIED THAT DAY

AND WENT TO HEAVEN BECAUSE

EVERYTHING HAS JUST BEEN SO

SMOOTH FOR US AND SO

AMAZING.

I FEEL LIKE A BETTER MAN

TODAY THAN I WAS BEFORE I

GOT INJURED.

Reporter: REPORTING

FROM AUBURN, KENTUCKY, I'M

DAVID BRODY, CBN NEWS.

EMBED THIS VIDEO


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