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Former NFL Players Help Build House For Wounded Veteran

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ANTIOCH, Ill. (CBS) — A few former NFL players will be in Antioch Friday, helping to put up siding on a home destined to be given free-of-charge to a military veteran wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, a lot of money for the brand new home on the Chain O’Lakes in the Newport Cove community comes from an anonymous donor.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports

Developer Suzanne Tauke says the outside of the home will be finished this week, and the entire home by mid-August.

“The house is large enough to accommodate a family. It’s 1,992 square feet, plus a full, finished basement, and it’s designed for someone with mobility issues,” Tauke said.

Former NFL player Reggie Smith is among those helping to put on siding.

“We always look at our veterans with admiration and say, ‘We wish we could do something,’” Smith said. “This is something. It doesn’t quite come close to doing enough, but it just says, ‘Thank you.’”

The wounded veteran who will get the new home for free has not yet been chosen.