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After his military career ended, a local veteran started improving lives of others

Local veteran improves lives of other veterans. (Source: KTRE) Local veteran improves lives of other veterans. (Source: KTRE)
Arik Modisette inspects a site location for his next project. (Source: KTRE) Arik Modisette inspects a site location for his next project. (Source: KTRE)
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

A local veteran wants to bring others like him out from the dark and so he started his construction company. But, to get to this point he went through plenty of struggles.
"For the like the first year or two, it was extremely devastating, really bad depression, just totally lost. I didn't have a clue with what I wanted to do with my life. I lost the meaning and lost some hope. I was just totally lost and had no idea,” said Arik Modisette, owner of the construction company.
Arik served in Iraq for several years in the late-2000s. When he returned home he wanted to be in the Special Forces. But, during training a tumor was discovered in his ankle that ended his military career.
So from 2011 to 2013 he tried the civilian life, but he couldn't hold a job.

“I struggled really badly.  And I didn't understand why I was having so many problems, but I was,” Arik said.
Luckily for him, there was a new ray of hope: a new baby in his family. This changed his life along with the help of his supportive wife.

“I started getting the hope again and wanting to do something with my life again when before I didn't feel like I had much purpose anymore,” Arik said.
The disabled veteran started involving himself in the local veteran community and last spring he noticed many veterans who couldn't afford to fix up their homes.

That sparked the idea of the construction company.
“The jobs we do are completely nonprofit. No one out here will make anything for the labor and time that they put into it,” Arik said.
He pooled together several companies and organizations, and started fixing up their homes for little to no cost. He partners with local companies like McCoy’s to get supplies so no one will forget the men and women who've helped our country.

“They offer their services for free and they give these veterans their time and help them out any way they can,” Arik said.
 Now he channels his energy to spread inspiration.

"The biggest lesson I think is to never quit."
 

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