COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- This holiday season will be something special for a military family in Coeur d'Alene.
They were selected to receive a surprise gift. It was made possible by the national "Decorate Family Program," which seeks to thank our veterans for their service.They do that by decorating their home with Christmas lights, free of charge.
This year, this thankful gesture goes to Donald Sohler's family. While serving as a member of the U.S. Army in Iraq, a Taliban fighter shot Donald seven times injuring his left arm and leg. December is also the anniversary of when his best friend died in combat. Donald retired in 2009 with several military honors including the Purple Heart.
"With my husband being injured he can't really climb ladders or do the things a lot of families do like putting up the lights," Donald's wife, Courtney Sohler said.
Clyde Heath with Senske Services said his crew was more than eager to be a part of the surprise.
"We took it to heart and we really enjoyed honoring a veteran," Heath said.
Crew member Marshall Watts echoed this. "It truly is an honor. I mean this guy has been through a lot and his family has been through a lot. It makes me feel really good."
Equipped with utility vests, ladders and about 300 feet of Christmas lights, the crew climbed to the roof, hung up the lights and wrapped the garland. Then, for the big reveal.
"I was just going to maybe put some lights in the window, garland or a wreath on the door and call it a day, but this is amazing!" Courtney said.
Crew lead Mitchel Rowatt said, "It's a privilege and an honor to do something for somebody who's done more than his share for us."
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