Wounded soldier gets backyard makeover in Surprise

SURPRISE, AZ - A wounded soldier in Surprise is getting the backyard of his dreams. Some valley businesses wanted to show their appreciation and broke ground Wednesday,

Brian Mancini, retired Army Sergeant First Class, served nearly 13 years before he was injured in Iraq.

He received two Purple Hearts.  Mancini was hit by a roadside bomb in 2007.  He lost his right eye and spent almost four years under reconstructive surgery.

Shasta Pools & Spa and Home Depot teamed up to give the Valley hero a backyard makeover.  Volunteers started working on a pool, an outdoor kitchen, putting green and garden.

It was a foreclosed home and the backyard was all dirt, Mancini said. 

"The lovingness and (care) of the people of this community embody what the United States (is).  It just makes the sacrifice, that so many of us have to make, on the battlefield...it just reinstates why we love this country as much as we do," Mancini said.

"He died twice. I almost lost my son," Mancini's father, Bill Mancini, said.  "The sacrifice he made touches my heart and the generosity of our community, Home Depot and Shasta, is amazing.  It restores faith in humanity."

Shasta Pools expects to have the project finished by Thanksgiving.

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