GETTING RESULTS: Wheelchair ramp is completed for Marshall County veteran

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After weeks of hard work and planning, Army Veteran Mickey Mittag has a brand new wheelchair ramp at his home. For the first time since his amputation in October, he'll be able to regain his independence.

"I can go down my ramp, get in a vehicle, I could actually get in my truck and take off, if my wife would show me where she hid the keys," says Mittag.

The build team from Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Harvest with veteran Mickey Mittag

The build team from Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Harvest with veteran Mickey Mittag

Thanks to the hard work of the Build Team from Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, Mittag can now come and go as he pleases. One of the builders, John Schmidt who is also a veteran says it feels good to help.

"It's just a good feeling, to be able to give someone their freedom back, and not have to rely on someone to get in and out of their house. Now he can get out of his house and drive, and do things that everybody else should be able to do," adds Schmidt.


We have great news to share with you. Army Veteran Mickey Mittag's days of struggling to leave his home are numbered.

"It's very difficult getting up and down these stairs and having a ramp is going to be a lot better for me," Mittag said.

Last Thursday, we showed you what it takes for him to get down the stairs.  Mittag has only half a foot on his right side and only the upper part of his leg on the left. So, WHNT News 19 took action to find the person willing to build a wheelchair ramp.  Your response to offer help was overwhelming.

"It's amazing, the amount of support I had," Mittag said. "I appreciate everybody's support and thank you very much."

Retired Army Veteran John Schmidt and his build team from Good Shepherd United Methodist Church are putting a plan in action for Mittag.

"It's our pleasure to be out here to do this for anybody," Schmidt said. "We do this all year long."

Jeff Shadden with Sonshine House Ministry is also lending a helping hand.  The work will be done very soon.

"It's just paying back what's been given to us, and plus I mean he served our country, and it's just a golden opportunity to help someone else," Shadden said.

When someone has exhausted all of their options, WHNT News 19 is happy to call on the compassionate hearts of those in the Tennessee Valley for help.

"I see that they always say, Taking Action Getting Results and they came through for me this time," Mittag said. "They took action and they got the results."

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UNION GROVE, Ala. (WHNT) - A Marshall County military veteran who spent 15 years in the service is now fighting a different kind of battle at home. He's missing part of one leg and part of his other foot. So, moving is difficult.

"I'm not looking for a handout, I don't want anybody to feel sorry for me," said Mickey Mittag of Union Grove.

The road to recovery has been a steady climb for Mittag, a U.S. Army Veteran.  He had a leg amputation below the knee on October 2.

"It's just that it would make my life so much more easier if I had a wheelchair ramp," Mittag said.

Mittag was battling diabetes long before his deployment to Iraq in 2008, but an infection on one of his toes during that time led to a painful downward spiral.

"Ever since then it's been nonstop removing toes or parts of feet," Mittag said.

Now, half of his foot remains on his right side and only the upper part of his leg on the left. These physical handicaps leave him with this wish:

"To get a ramp," Mittag said. "A wheelchair ramp, put in on the front of the deck here so I can get down to the car whenever I need to go to the doctors or somewhere."

If someone comes through for him, Mittag makes this promise: to pay it forward; one day building for others what he hopes someone will craft for him.

"Once I'm able to walk again, cause I figure within the next month or so, I should have my prosthetic, that I would like to help out as well," Mittag said.