Volunteers help finish up "man cave" for wounded soldier

Volunteers help finish up "man cave" for soldier wounded in Afghanistan

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"It's amazing the amount of support to just help one guy," explained Sgt. Trost, about how moved he is that so many people came out to help. "It's amazing the amount of support to just help one guy," explained Sgt. Trost, about how moved he is that so many people came out to help.
About 75 volunteers spent the day helping a soldier wounded in Afghanistan get settled in back at home. About 75 volunteers spent the day helping a soldier wounded in Afghanistan get settled in back at home.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) – About 75 volunteers spent the day helping a soldier wounded in Afghanistan get settled in back at home.

Sgt. Michael Trost was awarded the Purple Heart after he was shot four times by insurgents. Sgt. Trost spent months at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. He got back home in late May, but still has surgeries and physical therapy ahead of him.

Some volunteers were strangers, others were friends who were in the 489th Reserve Unit along with Trost. They spend the day hammering, painting, and working on constructing a barn-style building that Trost refers to as a "man cave". It's a project he had started with some of his military buddies before any of them ever deployed.

"We started it about 2 years ago," explained Capt. David Christopher, one of the friends who had helped when the build originally began. That was before the attack by Afghan insurgents that left Trost in a hospital bed for months.

Captain Christopher and others were back today. None of them knew at the time they started the build, that they would end up getting so much help to finish it.

"This is more than we ever envisioned as guys who had never put anything together. We want to make sure we finally complete this project," Capt. Christopher said.

It was obvious at the site that the man to whom the man cave would belong to was the most excited about the build.

"Basically there will be seating to watch Nascar and the Vols. We also have a seating area to play cards or something like that," said Sgt. Trost, excitedly describing all the activities his new "man cave" would be equipped for.

The project is on target to be complete by the end of the weekend.

"It's amazing the amount of support to just help one guy," explained Sgt. Trost, about how moved he is that so many people came out to help.

Many at the build site said it's the least they can do for someone who could have easily lost his life serving his country.

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