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Retired Covington County veteran gets help from foundation

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COVINGTON COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

A retired veteran and his sick wife from Covington County are getting help from a national foundation.

The USA Warrior Creativity Foundation has stepped in to build an auto repair shop for Ivy Lee Barnes.

As a member of the Army National Guard, Barnes was wounded when an improvised explosive device went off near his vehicle in Iraq. Barnes is a mechanic by trade, but has been unable to work because he must stay at home and care for his wife who has had several strokes and has Parkinson disease.

Terry Barnes, President of the foundation heard about his plight and stepped in to help.

"We are actually building him an auto repair shop on his property so he can stay home and take care of his wife," said Barnes.

Barnes is also a wounded veteran. He was injured in Iraq on two separate occasions in mortar attacks. The idea for creating the foundation actually came while he was in the hospital in 2009 recovering from his injuries.

"When I was at Walter Reed Hospital in 2009 me and some other warriors got together in the hospital and worked out a way we could help other veterans once we got out," said Barnes.

The foundation has been operating for about a year and a half and six other warriors working to assist veterans in need in a variety of ways.

As for Ivy Barnes, it's the auto repair shop being built at his home. the work will done by local contractors and volunteers  and at least one business has stepped up to donate materials.

"We got to thank Home Depot. They are supplying a lot of equipment and materials for his shop," said Barnes.

The project should take about a month to complete and once done, Ivy Barnes, who says his wife needs 24-hour a day care, will finally be able to work and still take care of her.

"I feel like God is good," said Ivy Barnes. The man has come in and seen what I need and promised to help with his foundation. Anything I can get is a blessing.

"if anyone knows of a disabled vet in need or would like to donate to the foundation they can go to www.onfor@liftupavet.com.

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