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Wounded Warrior Gets Free Home in Belton

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(KCEN) -- A Fort Hood soldier nearly lost his life in the line of duty.

But now two groups are teaming up to give him the gift of a lifetime.

The Texas Sentinels Foundation focuses on helping wounded warriors when they return home.

And they partnered with RE/MAX Redzone of Harker Heights.

To give Sergeant Paul Podhorn a completely 100% debt free, mortgage free, fully furnished home.

It may not look like much on the outside but for Sergeant Paul Podhorn it might as well be the Taj Mahal.

"I still tell my wife to pinch me, this is a dream come true," said Podhorn.

Especially given where he was two years ago on patrol in Iraq when everything changed.

"I ended up getting bogged down in the truck pretty bad and I got shot by a sniper," he said.   

Paul's wife Karen Podhorn said, "I was just in panic not knowing that your husband is gonna live I mean how do you even comprehend that."

Podhorn escaped death by 1/4 of an inch but his injury left doctors speculating that he would never walk again or have use of his right hand.

But while he was spending hours and months proving doctors wrong in rehab plans were being made to give back to a man who gave so much.

"SGT. Podhorn put his life on the line in Iraq for us it's just tremendous to be able to be in a position to help," said RE/MAX Redzone broker Patrick Maxam.

The Texas Sentinels Foundation and RE/MAX Redzone joined together to purchase a house for Sergeant Paul and his wife debt free and mortgage free.

He's now going to school for occupational therapy hoping to one day help soldiers wounded protecting our county.

Helping them walk through doors they never thought they could

The house still needs about $70,000 worth of renovations before Sergeant Podhorn and his wife can move in.

To raise those funds they are having a 5K run this Saturday at Harker Heights Community Park.

If you can't make the run and still want to donate you can find all the information by clicking on the NOW button on our homepage. 

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