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Volunteers help soldier injured in Iraq

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - Several volunteers came out Friday to help an Army Sergeant who was injured in the War on Iraq.

The ailing soldier, his wife, and three children were living in a home that was infested with mold.

"My son and I started getting sick with respiratory illnesses and then I noticed the mold," says Ben Wisenbaugh.

It started when the roof developed a leak. It eventually caused the walls and floor to rot. Wisenbaugh had no money to fix it.

"I had unemployment from the Army, but that ran out. I am now on disability. My wife has been working part time," explained Wisenbaugh. 

Ben's problems started in 2005, while serving his second tour of duty in Iraq. His vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. "It damaged my hearing and I got a traumatic brain injury from that."

He stayed in the Army, but due to memory problems, he was honorably discharged in 2009. Since then, he's been trying to make it work. "I'm not one to ask for help."

It was only because of his wife and three kids that Ben called a veterans organization who put him in touch with a program called "Our Forgotten Warriors". They teamed up with another group called Angie's List Wishmakers.

Project Manager Ted Gerrard says, "Ben, he stood in harms way, and came home injured. And he's not able to do the things he would love to do." A team of volunteers agreed to fix the home.

Wisenbaugh says, "Now, seeing everybody come together like this. It really renews my faith in humanity."