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Corporal Chris Klodt
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A shot to the neck changed Cpl. Chris Klodt's life forever.

In 2006, he was hit while serving in Afghanistan. The shot would leave him in a wheelchair.

Years later, Klodt said he gets up every day, ready to fight the challenges ahead.

"You don't lie down and die, you don't give up, you just keep going," Klodt said in an interview with CBC News. "I want to set a good example for my children."

His story caught the eye of Renos for Heroes, a group that helps veterans make changes to their houses that they require after being injured. Some of its prior projects have included renovations to kitchens and building wheelchair-friendly decks.

The organization now has a group at work in Klodt's backyard at his home near Hamilton, Ont.

"He loves his woodworking, so we're going to build him a workshop where he can get back into his carpentry and sit and enjoy his pastime that he had before he went over to Afghanistan," said Deryl Caruk.

Jim Caruk started Renos for Heroes after learning that the federal government only covers some renovation costs for veterans.

"Let's face it, there's only so many dollars that go around, and so we'll step in and take it to where he needs to go," he said.

Master Corporal Jody Mitic
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In January 2007, Jody's life changed forever when he went out on patrol in Afghanistan with three other Canadian soldiers. Jody was the last one to pass through an opening in a wall when his right foot touched the ground for the last time. Shock waves hammered through his body as the landmine exploded. His right foot had disappeared, his left foot could not be saved.

Three years of rehabilitation later, Jody lives in Ottawa with his wife, Sgt. Alannah Gilmore, the medic who helped put his broken body on the helicopter, and their 18 month daughter, Aylah.