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Forsyth County News
With what seems to be a never-ending stream of babble coming from elected leadership in Washington, D.C., overwhelming economic concerns, a loss of international prestige and a general demise in our national prosperity, it’s easy sometimes to forget what it is like to take pride in our country and its people.

And then you read about an organization like Homes for Our Troops, and you remember.

Later this month, Homes for Our Troops will be in Cumming, building a residence for Cpl. Joshua Lindsey, a 24-year-old Georgia native who is a paraplegic as a result of wounds suffered in Iraq.

Lindsey needs a home custom designed to meet his physical needs, and Homes for Our Troops has as its mission helping those in the military with such needs.

A member of the 3rd Infantry division, Lindsey was hit by mortar fire during an attack in 2005. His new home will allow him to be close to the Shepherd Center, where he can receive treatment.

The situation is tragic, but there is some comfort in the fact that an organization of volunteers and benefactors exists to help.

Homes for Our Troops depends on local builders and support help to make new homes a reality for wounded soldiers. It has completed three such homes in Georgia, with the Cumming project scheduled for Feb. 19-21.

The goal is to provide severely wounded military personnel with a home at no cost to them. That goal is achieved through financial and in-kind donations for each individual project.

If you are a tradesman with expertise in construction, we hope you will consider donating some time to helping build a new home for Cpl. Lindsey.
You can do so by visiting and looking for the Cpl. Joshua Lindsey project.

And if you aren’t an expert in the construction world, you can make financial donations to the organization on its Web site.

Homes for Our Troops is a national nonprofit that has been helping disabled military personnel since 2004. It has built homes across the country with donated money and labor and the organization efforts of dedicated volunteers.

The terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001, provided the impetus for the organization, as it was formed to meet a need other groups were not addressing.

In the immortal words of Lee Greenwood, the efforts of an organization such as Homes for Our Troops make you “proud to be an American.” Let’s roll out the welcome mat and reach deep into our pockets for the group’s visit to Forsyth County.

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