Ground broke on new wounded veteran retreat at Ft. Rucker

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FT. RUCKER, Ala. (WTVY) — Wounded warriors are often the unsung heroes, they gave, so we could have our freedom.

Fort Rucker groundbreaking on Wounded Warrior Retreat at Lake Tholocco

Robert Green is a Purple Heart recipient.

He says, “You'll notice that a lot of servicemen don't talk about their wounds."

Robert is one of those men.

"If you have ever been wounded, it breaks your spirit."

He was drafted into the army to fight in the Vietnam War, he was injured on his first day in the field.

It was his 21st birthday.

Tuesday morning, Ft Rucker broke ground on the new Wounded Warrior Retreat By The Lake.

Green says, "This right here will help their spirits a lot."

It’s a $175,000 handicap friendly cabin made possible by the Wiregrass Wounded Veterans Committee.

Veterans and their families can come here, free of charge.

William Kidd says,
"Even though it will never repay you for the sacrifices that you have made, it will help you to enjoy some of the freedom that you have given to us"

The cabin is 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, right on Lake Tholocco at Ft. Rucker.

Green says, "It is a great day, for us to have a place to go with our families to be able to do things that the normal person can do with their families."

Green says, this is a great way to honor wounded warriors.

"I do feel like we have been forgotten, I am a Purple Heart recipient, we went out and we gave and it just means a lot."

The committee says the cabin will be built in 6-8 months. Just in time for the summer season.

Plans for the cabin have been in the works for two years.