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Friends and strangers are working together to make Ken Kimrey's house wheelchair accessible. Friends and strangers are working together to make Ken Kimrey's house wheelchair accessible.
SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -

Ken Kimrey spent two tours in Vietnam flying helicopters. He was shot down three times during the war but managed to survive. This past September Kimrey suffered from a major stroke at his home near Elk, Washington. The stroke left Kimrey partially paralyzed and experiencing difficulties with his speech. He is still recovering at the VA medical center in Spokane three months later. Kimrey has not been able to come back home yet.

Kimrey's wife Diana says that Ken will likely be using a wheelchair most of the time after his stroke. Their house in Elk is not wheelchair accessible so a few friends got together to help Ken and Diana out and donate tools, supplies time and money to remodel parts of their home so Ken could get around. A friend of the Kimrey's, Ray Young made a few calls and helped get together a crew to help Ken out. 

"Monte is a first Sergeant from the Army" friend Marty Needham says. Needham is working along side Monte to help. "When I told Monte the story of Kenny he stopped all his projects and he's here full time now."

Their goal is to get Ken home before Christmas. "I just thank God I still have him." Diana says, "That I still have the opportunity to help Ken." Diana says she is forever grateful to those who have helped out her family.

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