Apple Valley Builder Gives Hope to Wounded Soldier and Family


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This is a great story about a local builder helping out a local hero.  You can visit James Barton Design Build and say Thanks.  To Donate time, material, or money for worthy causes like this, go to the Builders Association of the Twin Cities Foundation.

James Madsen, owner of James Barton Design Build in Apple Valley, is a U.S. Army veteran. Some of his employees served in Iraq. So when he was asked to help remodel the home of a decorated U.S. Army soldier, Madsen said he couldn’t say no.

“I knew immediately this was something our company wanted to be involved in,” Madsen said.

The recipients are Susan and Staff Sgt. Wesley Cureton of Minneapolis. Wesley has 23 years of military service, and was awarded two Purple Hearts and several other honors.

During Wesley’s second tour with Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, a mortar shell exploded on the other side of a door as he tried to retrieve wounded soldiers in his unit. The door hit his face, crushing it. He suffered permanent blindness and neurological damage. His face was reconstructed and his jaw had to be wired shut.

Due to his injuries, Wesley is unable to control his body temperature, so going outdoors is difficult, Susan said.

“The Curetons are such a deserving family and have given up so much for this country,” Madsen said. “Wesley served for all of us, now it’s our time to give back to Wesley and his family.”

Madsen has a seat on the Builder’s Association of the Twin Cities Foundation committee, which chooses projects to sponsor. Choosing the Curetons as recipients was an easy decision, Madsen said.

Read Full Article from the Apple Valley Patch

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