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SHARON, Pa. - One of Our Valley's Bravest is getting a home paid for by the Wounded Warrior Project.

Guy Schell, of Sharon, was an Army Ranger in the 80s and his two sons who wanted to follow in their father's footsteps.

Tyler and Guy, Jr. both enlisted in the army and soon found themselves serving in the same division in Afghanistan in 2009.

Then in September of that year, Guy, Sr. got the call every parent fears.

"It was my oldest son Guy and he said, 'Dad, don't freak out, this morning Tyler was hit with an IED. He's burned pretty bad, but he's gonna make it,'" Guy, Sr. said.

The IED trapped Tyler in a tank and he was nearly burned alive suffering third degree burns from the waist down. He also broke three vertebra.

Then while traveling to the airport to see Tyler in Texas, Guy, Sr. got another call.

"Two days after Tyler got hit, September 4th of 2009, Guy got hit with an IED," Guy, Sr. explains. "He didn't get injured as severely as Tyler. He broke a vertebra or two in his back, got some compression fractures. It was a nightmare, probably the worst week of my life getting those two initial phone calls."

Tyler was 20 and Guy, Jr. was 24 at the time.

Now, a little over three years later, both sons are doing well.  Tyler had quite a few surgeries and can walk. 

Thanks to the Wounded Warrior Project he will soon have a house mortgage free in McDonald near Pittsburgh.

"One of their subsidiaries is the Military Warriors Support Foundation and they're running a program called Homes for Heroes. They're flying him from San Antionio to Allentown on April 8th and presenting him with the keys to the mortgage free home for the service he did for his country," Guy, Sr. says.

Guy, Sr. hopes people will remember all the men and women who are currently serving overseas and donate to the Wounded Warrior Project to help recent war vets who gave up so much for their country.

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