2017

January 24, 2017

Duncansville, Blair County, Pa.

The famous country music band The Oak Ridge Boys was in town today. They were singing for a groundbreaking celebration. But the event wasn't about them.

Navy Veteran Jeff Campbell grew up in Hollidaysburg. He graduated from Slippery Rock and then joined the Navy. His diagnosis of multiple sclerosis has presented him with a number of challenges, even inside of his own home. But now, thanks to a program called Helping a Hero, his life is getting a little bit easier.

"I was extremely overwhelmed at the outpouring from the community. It was absolutely wonderful," Jeff Campbell said.

Campbell worked on the U.S.S. George Washington as...

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National organization helps local hero
January 24, 2017

DUNCANSVILLE -- Wiping away tears, Hollidaysburg native Jeff Campbell, his wife, Aimee, and their four children broke ground Wednesday on the future location of their new home.

The home was paid for by local businesses and the Helping a Hero Program.

"The way the community has come together to help me and my family is just wonderful," Jeff Campbell said.

Campbell suffers from multiple sclerosis due to exposure to an unknown substance during his time in the Navy. This crippling disease makes performing everyday tasks a challenge.

"I watched my husband fall down the steps three times because he couldn't feel his feet. As a wife, you feel kind of helpless, how. How do you...

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Blair County veteran honored with custom-built home
January 24, 2017

Altoona, Blair County, Pa.

Jeffrey Campbell and his family were given keys to a brand new home thanks to a non-profit program that benefits severely injured veterans.

Campbell suffers from multiple sclerosis from when he served as a nuclear electrician in the navy. Due to MS, he could lose the use of his arms and legs.

The non-profit Helping A Hero is the organization that helps provide homes for severely injured veterans.

The Hollidaysburg native was welcomed home by fellow veterans, local law enforcement and community members.

Country music star John Michael was also performed at the welcome home ceremony.

The Campbell home is equipped to meet...

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Local hero has new keys for life
January 24, 2017

DUNCANSVILLE -- Navy veteran Jeff Campbell and his family received the keys to a new house built for them through an organization called Helping A Hero.

Campbell served as a nuclear electrician on the USS George Washington.

He now suffers from multiple sclerosis due to prolonged exposure to an unknown substance during his service.

Helping A Hero, a Houston-based nonprofit organization presented keys to Campbell and his family to its second specially adapted home in Pennsylvania.

The house is specially constructed to fit the family's needs.

Campbell said his condition can make getting around the house and doing things that most might take for granted extremely...

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Disabled veteran receives new home in Blair County
January 24, 2017

DUNCANSVILLE — After eight months of hard work by supporters and businesses in Blair County and beyond, the family of a disabled veteran in Duncansville were “welcomed home” Monday.

“It has definitely been overwhelming,” said Jeffrey Campbell, who served in the Navy as a nuclear electrician aboard the USS George Washington in support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, during the attack on the USS Cole and was harbored in New York City just after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Campbell, and half of those in his unit, now are afflicted with a debilitating form of multiple sclerosis, which has kept him confined to a wheelchair, although recent experimental therapy has improved...

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Local veteran gets new home

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