Wounded Iraq War Vet to Benefit from Aquatic Therapy

FOSTORIA, OH (WTOL) - Shane Parsons was severely wounded while in combat in the Middle East. Despite extensive therapy, he's unable to walk.

That's the reason so many people have come out to help Shane and his family. In fact, when he comes home this summer, he may not recognize his own home.

Janet Brendle thinks often of her Fostoria neighbor. She's says it's going to be good to have Parson back home.

"I miss all of his friends and the rustle and bustle going on around here," says Brendle.

When Shane's family moved to Texas because of his therapy, their house fell into disrepair. In 2007 the home was completely unlivable, so over 50 volunteers helped with the not for profit Hope For the Warriors program.

Joseph Cleveland works for Lathrop, the company that managed the makeover.

"In a tough economy it just speaks a lot to the soul of Northwest Ohio and their willingness to want to step up and help out," says Cleveland.

Wheel chair compatible door ways, new appliances and a handicap accessible garage, should make living in the home easier for Shane and his family.

But one room may make the big Ohio State fan's jaw drop. Lathrop built an Ohio State workout room complete with a mural of Bobbie Carpenter and an Endless Pool to continue his therapy. 

Lathrop says Shane's eyes lite up when he talked about putting in an Ohio state locker room. 

"He's just very outgoing, loves everybody, loves to hug. That's the kind of guy I miss," says Brendle.

Rebuilding a home for a soldier is an expensive undertaking, so Hope for the Warriors needs help.

Hope For The Warriors was founded in 2006 by military wives. The mission of Hope for the Warriors is to enhance quality of life for US Service Members and their families nationwide who have been adversely affected by injuries or death in the line of duty. Hope for the Warriors actively seeks to ensure that the sacrifices of wounded and fallen warriors and their families are never forgotten nor their needs unmet, particularly with regard to the short and long-term care of the severely injured.

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