After a mortar blast in Iraq left Chris Kind with a traumatic brain injury and later post-traumatic stress disorder, the Army veteran said he had a hard time transitioning back to civilian life when he returned home.
“It was just hard to adjust to this, you know, this new normal,” Kind told CBS News.
The father-of-five said he had found joy in the garden again, but the burns, which covered 65% of his body, prevented him from being outside in the midday sun.
That’s when Hope For The Warriors — a nonprofit that offers assistance to veterans — stepped in and donated a $10,000 greenhouse to Kind.
It’s one of more than 250 wishes Hope for Warriors has granted veterans, ranging from woodworking equipment to family vacations.
“Being able to make a wish? That’s really cool,” said Robin Kelleher, CEO and co-founder of Hope For The Warriors. “And to know it’s life-changing.”
Kind now lives up to his name by using his gardening skills to make others happy.
“The biggest thing about growing this stuff and making me feel good is just giving it to other people, man,” Kind said.
Thanks for reading CBS NEWS.
Create a free account or sign in
for additional features.