Hoosier Hero who’d fallen on hard times receives second chance, expresses heartfelt gratitude

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INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 20, 2015) – Sunday night Josh Shoemaker walked into his new apartment.

The Indiana Army National Guard veteran returned from drill to a second chance.

“Alright open your eyes,” Erich Orrick said. “Surprise!”

Orrick leads Indiana’s chapter of Wish for Our Heroes, a national charity that helps active-duty military.

“So Josh we have been working here for the last two days,” Orrick said.

Shoemaker had fallen on some hard times.

A lost job. A broken-down car. Even threats of eviction.

Wish for Our Heroes decided no more.

Throughout the weekend the group fully furnished Shoemaker’s new apartment from the bedrooms to the kitchen, even bunk beds for Shoemaker’s two boys.

The project was fully funded by Colts player Pat McAfee, a big supporter of Wish for our Heroes.

“Since Pat paid for this, we kind of figured your two little dudes would love this,” Orrick said, showing Shoemaker the Colts-themed bedroom.

Shoemaker moved to Indianapolis to be closer to his boys.

The soldier who has spent his life serving has found protection at home.

“I can’t express my gratitude,” Shoemaker told the group. “Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. Thank you.”

Shoemaker, in an interview with CBS4, was at a loss of words.

“These people set me up for success,” he said. “They helped me out. They helped my kids out and from the bottom of my heart I am so grateful and thankful for what they did for me.”

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