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Soldier returns after squatters' mess repaired

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NEW PORT RICHEY (FOX 13) -

The return home was even more emotional than usual for a New Port Richey soldier Wednesday.

Following chants of 'move that bus,' Army Specialist Michael Sharkey got a first glimpse of his newly repaired house.

A pair of squatters left the place trashed while Sharkey was serving overseas. After a public outcry forced them out, the house was left a mess.

So a group called Veteran Warriors and others spent weeks painting and repairing, landscaping, even putting on a new roof.

The Sharkeys could hardly believe their eyes -- the house where they raised their boys is now looking nearly brand new: new paint, new furniture, and even a new table already set for dinner

Both said they're overwhelmed by all the people who came to their aid.

"I'm just speechless over it all," Spc. Sharkey offered. "The Veterans Warriors coming through and volunteering. Everybody that put forth any effort and volunteered their time, services, goods; I'm just blown away by it all."

"They went above and beyond," his wife exclaimed. "They really did. They went above and beyond for people they didn't even know."

Lauren Price, the woman who organized the cleanup for Veteran Warriors, said they simply couldn't let this military family return to such a mess.

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