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Team Andrew: Volunteers sought for home build

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Wounded veteran Andrew Smith and his wife Tori have been on our news several times.

Last year, specialist Smith was wounded in Afghanistan while on patrol. He lost parts of both legs and has been recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center.

But he's about to be back here -- at home -- with a new house built uniquely for him and his needs.

After months of anticipation, we now see progress on the site of Andrew and Tori's new fully accessible home.

"It's fun to see activity and movement and having to dodge trucks and concrete here today. It's fun, it's been a long time coming," said Mark Wilson, Steps2Hope founder.

Local contractors are donating their time to help prep the site before the home build begins. Crews poured concrete and laid the foundation. They're also building a tornado shelter.

Andrew and Tori couldn't be there for the prep, but Andrew's parents are keeping them updated.

"We're required to send almost daily pictures, and we post them out there for them to see. They want to know what's going on," said Andrew's father Todd Smith.

Local non-profit Steps2Hope has been organizing the build. So far it's raised more than $200,000, but they still need people to help build.

"Everybody thinks 'oh they're going to have plenty of people', and right now we're not close to the number of people we need. You don't have to have a great skill, you just have to be willing to help and work, and we'll find somewhere for you," Wilson said.

Andrew's family said they've been overwhelmed with the support so far.

"We're just so humbled and moved by the community's support that Andrew and Tori have gotten, and we're seeing all of that come to fruition now. It's incredible," Smith said.

The build will start on June 27th, and hundreds of people are expected to participate.

Andrew and Tori will hopefully get the keys to their new home on Independence Day.

Steps2Hope is hosting a big kickoff for the build on Monday June 17th at 5:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Everyone is welcome to come for free food and drinks, and to see how you can get involved.

You can visit click here to register online to be a part of Team Andrew's home build.

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