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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -
Teenagers from more than a dozen area high schools came together to help veterans who have given so much to our country.
One of those men is Ken Katter, a veteran of the Iraq war, and while serving there in 2007, he was wounded by an improvised explosive device that left him disabled. "Mainly, I'm unable to do any heavy lifting," said Katter.
On Thursday, the Katter's received some long awaited help around their yard from high school volunteers.
"It feels amazing to actually come out here and help someone who's disabled because I'm young can move around and do pretty much anything and to help somebody who can't do it is awesome," said Saginaw High School student Jatimah Perkins.
Thursday was the 11th Annual "Make a Difference Day" in Saginaw County. Hundreds of students from 16 different high schools teamed up to give back to their community.
"It gives you a new perspective because everyone comes from somewhere different," said Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy student Zach Nagel.
Students rolled up their work sleeves at nine homes in Saginaw County, volunteering to help the elderly and war veterans do yard work that otherwise might not get done.
"All of this still doesn't make up for the sacrifice he paid and all those troops paid," said one student to TV5. "But it's nice to do a little part of it."
But that little part goes a long way to make a difference for Katter and his family.
"It means the world to us," said Katter. "There's a lot of things I can't do any more, so the volunteers coming out to help me -- I really appreciate it."
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