Season 6
Cooper Family
Cooper Family
Season 6 | Episode 623 | Aired 05/02/2009

Honor. Combat. A garbage truck accident that disfigures a beloved son. If this story doesn’t move you, we don’t know what will.

The big EM:HE bus pulls into Martin County, NC, to come help a true American hero—Jeff Cooper—an Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm veteran who has truly seen it all. Although the war has had its effects on Jeff, he continues to fight for both his family and his fellow servicemen. And now Ty and the designers have come to give back.

Jeff’s story is just plain heart-wrenching: As a combat medic, he earned numerous medals of honor, but now suffers from Gulf War Syndrome. Worse yet, he spends his days in constant pain in a wheelchair due to Multiple Sclerosis and other immune system disorders. Nevertheless, Jeff inspires us as he fights for his fellow servicemen, single-handedly lobbying his State Senate to provide fellow veterans with a special license plate of recognition.

As if that’s not enough, further tragedy struck close to home for Jeff as his son Aaron was run over by a garbage truck. While Jeff performed vital lifesaving procedures, Aaron unfortunately lost most of his right arm. 

Through this hardship, the Cooper family has remained strong, upbeat and happy—but their home is just not suitable (surprise surprise). The problems include bad electrical, an unusable wheelchair ramp and moisture problems.

We all cheer loudly as Ty, the designers and the seemingly endless supply of volunteers arrive to give back to this superman who has given SO MUCH.

The topper on this episode is a special surprise visit from former U.S Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin L. Powell—a can’t miss!

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