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Disabled veteran gets major home makeover

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – A team of volunteers helped give a little back to one of Midwest City’s war heroes.

An Iraq war Veteran, left disabled on the battlefield, received a home makeover on Friday.

It was an emotional day for the Lozier family and for the last week, the family of three stayed in a hotel as their home was gutted and transformed.

The upgrades are well appreciated by the family, especially after the obstacles they’ve been facing.

“I remember a lot of wind, bright flashes,” Lozier said.

Josh Lozier, a disabled Veteran, recalled the moments before he was caught in the middle of an explosion while serving in Iraq.

“I got brain damage so my memory isn’t so good, I have nightmares, I can’t see out of my right eye,” Lozier said.

Along with the brain injury, Lozier said he also suffers from a physical disability; he has titanium pins in his back.

“Our mission is to help assist veterans, their widows and families,” Smith said.

That’s where Russel Smith with the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 568, along with Home Depot stepped in.disabled vet house

Lozier and his family’s home got a complete face lift with safer wood floors, freshly painted walls and new sheet rock in the garage.

Beyond the $7,800 donation from Home Depot, their employees volunteered to provide some 700 hours of labor to get the job done.

“Volunteering their time to come in to make sure they have a safe, clean environment to live in,” Home Depot’s Ginger Coleman said.

Easy is a way of life some veterans seek, following life-changing damages many Patriots have been forced to accept.

“When your fellow veterans step in and help, just the little things, it makes all the difference in the world,” disable veteran Eddie Beesley said.

Keeping a laid back and modest outlook, Lozier said he appreciates the effort put in to add a little jazz to his home, along with making it safer for his family.

“I don’t personally think I did anything to warrant any of this but it’s cool, I’ll take it,” Lozier said.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 568 said this is the biggest project the organization has been a part of in more than nine years and hope to help other veterans in need in the near future.