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Local veteran gets new pool, backyard to help with rehabilitation

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A valley veteran is getting a free pool and backyard makeover to help with his rehabilitation.

Brian Mancini was injured while serving back to back tours in Iraq. He was hit by a roadside bomb blast in 2007. Mancini lost an eye, has Shrapnel in his body and has a therapy dog to help him.

"I have a titanium plate in my forehead. They rebuilt my orbital socket, my palate was busted out," says Brian Mancini.

Army doctors spent 4 years putting his face back together. Now, he has to work on his body.

"Exercising is a little more challenging than it used to be. Having a pool, you don't run into as much resistance as if you are out running or weight training."

Although he has trouble maintaining and taking care of himself, he does outreach for others.

Shasta Pools found out Mancini's needs and joined with Home Depot to do an entire backyard renovation. Both companies help wounded warriors come home.

The pool and backyard will be designed to accommodate Mancini's physical limitations -- Home Depot is also adding a barbeque and putting green.

"We received a call about Brian having just bought a house and needed some help. We contacted Brian and said 'draw up your dream,'" says David Lataile of Home Depot. "We put in special elevations of steps so that Brian can certainly take advantage of that."

The excavation starts on Wednesday and the project is expected to be finished in 10 days. Mancini plans to share the pool with other wounded veterans in the valley.

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