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Fort Campbell soldiers help build Habitat house in Franklin

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FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) -

They've already served our country, risking their lives in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and now some Fort Campbell soldiers are continuing to serve in their own backyard.

They say they're just returning the favor.

The soldiers, trained in heavy weapons on the battlefield, are bringing a whole other set of skills to help Habitat for Humanity.

"You got the guys that can fix anything if it breaks down. You got the guys that can build just about anything, you know. If you just give them a hammer, some nails and wood and tell them what you want, just let them blow your mind, because they will every time," said company commander Capt. John Yanikov.

Having recently cleaned the Afghan dust off their boots, the Delta Mad Dogs are getting them dirty again in Middle Tennessee.

For Delta Company, the work is more than just serving their community. It's a thank you for the community that has served them.

The city of Franklin adopted Delta Company years ago, sending them gift packages and even buying Christmas presents for their kids while the soldiers were fighting for us far away.

"They make us more effective in what we do, because we know our family is taken care of. So we have this one less thing to worry about," Yanikov said.

When the Mad Dogs wanted to say thank you, the city of Franklin and the Williamson County Habitat for Humanity thought they'd be a good fit.

"It's a win-win for everybody. It's a win for the family here," Yanikov said.

And it's an unbroken circle of service from grateful troops to a grateful country.

The house should be finished June 7, and that's when a young mother and her three kids will be moving in.

As for Delta Company, soon they'll be back to training and protecting our country.

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