Michigan man sculpts memorial to honor veterans
KENTWOOD, Mich. -- A Michigan man gives back to the people who have served in the military.
Steven Gore grew up in a military family in Western Michigan. And he's been wood carving for 15 years.
A few years ago some teens beat him up with a baseball bat and a tire iron.
And because of his connection to the military, a group of veterans helped him recover.
But at the time, he was told he would never be able to carve wood again. He was determined to not let what happened deter him from giving back to the folks who helped him.
To show his appreciation, he spent nearly 600 hours carving a sculpture.
"They told me I'd never carve again, but I do. They told me I'd never rank again. I'm ranked 8th in the world. And they told me I couldn't raise a million dollars with a saw. They shouldn't have done that. Because now, I have to," Steven Gore said.
Gore's wooden sculpture will be raffled off this weekend near Grand Rapids. The proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.