Denver veteran gets backyard makeover

DENVER -- Bill Lynn's war started in 1968 when he fought in Vietnam.  Wounded by a mortar round in the Mekong Delta, he received a Purple Heart.

Today, his fight continues.  Not on a battlefield, but at home.

Disabled for life and living on a military pension, Lynn moved back to his childhood neighborhood for a little comfort and solace after his wife died of brain cancer and his daughter from a recent accident.

Alone in a house that needs a little TLC., national nonprofit Purple Heart Homes came to the rescue.

"They didn't get treated very well, our Vietnam and World War II veterans.  They're like family. We want to help them," said Diana Fleming, Purple Heart Homes Colorado Front Range chapter president.

With the the help of The Home Depot's Celebration of Service program, that's what they are doing.  Landscape, new patio, new fence, flower box, mulch, doors, paint, kitchen, bathroom and living room.  Material and labor, on the house.

It might be long overdue, but it's not a bad way to say thank you to a veteran of the Vietnam War.