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East Texas Community Raises Thousands For Wounded Soldier

An East Texas community gives back to one of their own, injured while serving his country. Tommy Guinn, 38 of Overton was paralyzed last March after he was hit by a helicopter blade in Pakistan. Guinn and his family entered the VFW in Overton Tuesday night to a room full of people and a bucket full of money.

"It's great," said Tommy Guinn, paralyzed while serving in Pakistan. "Everybody's coming out to support me, and I wouldn't expect anything less." Tommy was born and raised in Overton. His family and friends filled the line for the hamburger supper Tuesday night, but even those that didn't know Tommy stopped by to show support.

"I know how it was when I came back from Vietnam, and I know how it is for him, and I'm glad to see him get the support," said Bill Callahan, who attended the fundraiser.   Tuesday night's fundraiser is a result of a program called Adopt A Solider Now. The organizations goal is to build Tommy a handicap-accessible home.

"We're still in the process," said Janet Brady, founder of Adopt A Soldier Now. "We are looking for volunteers. We are looking for help. We are trying to get community involvement." The show of support Tuesday night makes the dream of a home seem that much more real to Tommy and his family.

"I hate to cook, and he is an absolutely fantastic cook and that's what I can't wait for is for him to have a kitchen that he can move around in," said Bobby Guinn, Tommy's wife. 

"It definitely makes me feel good that they are here to help me, that they feel the need to help me, but whatever we don't raise, God is going to help," said Tommy Guinn. 

Tonight, organizers tell us they raised $6500 with the fundraiser.

A benefit fund has also been set up to help Tommy get a new home at all Citizens National Banks.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com


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