Fundraiser Will Help Nathan Harris Move Into New Home

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Triad - Spending the day at a Triad water park provides an opportunity to help wounded warriors.

Wet N' Wild Emerald Pointe is teaming up with local businesses to support Crescent Rotary and Purple Heart Homes

"This program that we have with the purple heart homes and crescent rotary, I think for the community to step up and to provide funds to actually purchase a house, remodel a house and to find a veteran in need, and put him into the house, I think that speaks volumes to all veterans," said tony Brancazio, general manager, Wet N' Wild Emerald Pointe.

Read:Wounded Soldier Builds "Purple Heart Homes"

North Carolina Iraq War Veterans Dale Beatty and John Gallina started Purple Heart Homes.  

Their mission is to provide home renovations or homes for disabled vets. They have several dozen projects in the works and hundreds of people on a waiting list.

"The community can help by stopping at participating Krispy Kremes and Chick-Fil-A's. Look for the Wet N' Wild Emerald Pointe discount coupon. For every one of those discount coupons that is redeemed at the park, Emerald Point will make a donation to the Purple Heart Homes and Crescent Rotary," explained Brancazio.

The money raised will benefit marine veteran Nathan Harris. WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower met with Harris Saturday in Jonesville. 

"I'm not sure how I'm going to thank them yet but it is just going to mean the world to me," explained Nathan Harris, Marine.

"It feels like for everything that I've done and gone through, it feels like it's just been paid back."

Harris served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan in Operation Enduring Freedom. He was shot by a machine gun bullet in 2009. The bullet went in through his hip and thigh and exited through his knee. He has had 10 surgeries and has a titanium rod from his knee to his hip. 

He currently lives with his best friend in Jonesville but will soon move into a new house in Greensboro, thanks to Purple Heart Homes. 

"The home will provide me with a better quality of life."  

Purple Heart Homes will renovate the house to meet his needs. 

"It's just really made me kind of joyful thinking about what's to come," said Harris. 

Rodney Thurman is also a Triad veteran who has been helped by Purple Heart Homes. He served in Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom.

The organization replaced his well and septic system and added 500 square feet to his Snow Camp home.

"I could never repay that but I can do the best I do helping them out so anything gets done local here, I'll be there to help out," explained Thurman. 

He added, "The world seems to be vicious in a way sometimes but you find guys like Purple Heart Homes comes along and it just renews your faith in humanity."

The money raised through the Emerald Pointe fundraiser will specifically go to help Harris. 

WFMY News 2

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