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Soldier's Family Gets Big Help


Reporter: Sally Delta

Lynchburg, VA - Some local soldiers finished a big job Friday. About 20 men and women cleaned up a fellow soldier's yard while he's been away getting war-related treatment.

Two years after leaving Afghanistan, Staff Sergeant Jason Frantz is still coping with the transition back home.

"He can't sleep a lot of the time. He just doesn't sleep. He'll stay up all night," said Rebecca Frantz, Jason's wife.

In early June, Frantz was submitted to the VA in Salem for treatment. In the meantime, his wife Rebecca got busy at home working on a surprise for him.

"I was trying to get it ready before he came home to give it a homey feeling because it's been hard on our family," said Frantz.

Rebecca told her friends at the American Legion about her outdoor project.

"I told her was getting blisters and stuff but I said I'll be alright," said Frantz.

And that's when help poured in.

"He told me they were coming and I said, ‘What? No no no.' He said, ‘They're going to help you,'" said Frantz.

They came from Staunton, Danville and recruiting stations all over Central Virginia to help their fellow soldier. The best part - they don't even know him.

"Absolutely, every soldier's a brother or sister so if we can help out, definitely we enjoy that," said Jeremy Barbaresi with Army Recruiting Company.

So for roughly four hours they laid some mulch, cut the grass and trimmed the trees.

When Frantz returns home, he can worry a little less about chores and spend more time with his family.

"I just feel blessed beyond words, I just don't know what to say other than thank you," said Frantz.

The family hopes to have him home for Father's Day, but he won't be discharged from the hospital until the end of the month.

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