INDIANAPOLIS — Through many setbacks and challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, Helping Heroes of America never gave up. The group kept their promise of helping a veteran in need after WRTV called them a year ago.
On Thursday, they presented the veteran his new home.
"Looks a whole lot better," Kevin Greeve said.
The home renovation reveal is one year in the making. Last June, WRTV introduced you to Greeve, a disabled veteran who served in the Army and National Guard. He was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and struggled to take care of his home to the point the health department had to get involved.
"The stress of everything falling apart didn't help things," Greeve said. "Plus, you have a bad heart. It just complicated things even more."
Greeve called WRTV for help and we searched for veteran outreach groups. Helping Heroes of America, a local group, helps vets with yard work and home repairs.
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"We love our veterans. We love doing things for our veterans," Natasha Fogleman, HR manager for Helping Heroes of America, said. "We feel like that's a segment of our society that doesn't get enough recognition and kind of slides between the cracks when it comes to help."
Once a year, they take on a big project for one lucky veteran.
"I believe you had happened to call in like a week that we were talking about it and it was just perfect and it was like, 'Thank you,'" Fogleman said.
Taking the house down to the studs, replacing everything from the floors to the walls to the counters and windows, they renovated and remodeled Greeve's house at no cost to him.
"It's a completely different house," Fogleman said. "It's so beautiful in there that I know he's just going to be like, 'Oh my gosh,' and it's just a fresh start for him."
"They came together to help me and I appreciate that," Greeve said. "That's the good thing about Hoosiers is we help each other out."