by Emily Luxen
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A couple of wounded Clarksville veterans now have a completely renovated home, thanks to the hard work of volunteers.
The project was coordinated by Rebuilding Together Nashville and Sears as part of the "Heroes at Home" initiative.
Todd and Catherine Shaw were both injured while fighting overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. Todd was injured in Iraq in 2003 and again in 2006.
He suffered major back injuries. Cathy was also injured in an explosion in 2006. They are one of only two Purple Heart Medal recipient married couples in the nation.
Their home was damaged by two separate tornadoes, and with three levels and lots of stairs, it is sometimes difficult for them to get around.
Volunteers added a wheelchair ramp on the outside of the house, added wood floors throughout the house, completely renovated the kitchen with new appliances cabinets and counters and also made a bathroom wheelchair accessible.
The Shaw's said it has been overwhelming to watch all the volunteers work on their home and they are very grateful.
“We just feel completely blessed and we can’t thank everyone enough for everything they’ve done for us,” said Cathy Shaw.
The Shaw's added the renovations will not only make their lives easier, but will make the home more welcoming for their friends.
“Now I can have all the other Purple Hearters over and they can come in the front door,” said Todd Shaw.
While most of the work in the home has been completed over the last two weeks, volunteers still have some small projects to complete. They will keep working over the next few weeks.
The renovation of the home marks the 1,500th rebuild in America as part of the Sears “Heroes at Home” program.