- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Once a Marine, always a Marine.

Gunnery Sgt. Bernie Ruchin, a World War II veteran recently slowed by his battlefield wounds, has been comforted by his younger Marine counterparts, who remodeled his home to make navigating through it easier.

During the war, Sgt. Ruchin took artillery shrapnel to his right knee, which recently gave way as he was descending his stairs, a local New Hampshire station reported. He suffered four torn tendons after the accident.


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Building Dreams for Marines, a nonprofit organization that typically helps out veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, then stepped in, pooling their resources to remodel Sgt. Ruchin’s bathroom. His injuries make taking a shower difficult, but that will no longer be a problem when the project is completed later this month.

The local station reported that Sgt. Ruchin, who saw combat on the island of Saipan, was initially hesitant — he wanted the Marines to aid recent veterans instead — but was eventually convinced to accept the assistance.