UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. -- Brian Roberts said having 20 volunteers working around his home Friday made him grateful and a little guilty.
“I wish I was able to be out helping them do all the work,” said Roberts.
Roberts had to watch the volunteers dig the ditches, lay the concrete and clear the trees off his property.
He’s confined to a wheelchair two and a half years after being injured in Afghanistan.
“I got blown up,” said Sgt. Brian Roberts, retired.
The volunteer project, called the “Wounded Warrior Home Re-work,” is sponsored by the Veterans Family Fund of America.
The volunteer crew was made up of mostly fellow-veterans like Specialist Danny Biskey.
Biskey lost his left leg following an IED explosion in Afghanistan. He wanted to help Roberts, who he served with in Afghanistan.
“It’s kind of me giving back because I’ve had days I can’t get up and I really need somebody come to help me,” said Biskey.
“My ‘honey-do’ list is growing shorter. I’m running out of things,” said Roberts’ wife, Sharon.
She thought the work would help her husband’s recovery, both physically and emotionally.
“It will just make my husband come a little bit out of his shell,” said Sharon Roberts.
Brian Roberts hopes to regain the ability to walk.
When he does, he said he wants to volunteer for a similar project.
“I hope to pay it forward someday,” said Roberts.