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Lt. Dan Band performs to build homes for two local wounded veterans

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Several thousand people showed up for the benefit concert Saturday night.

The concert will help build homes for two local Georgia heroes.

Marine Cpl. Todd Love, whose body was torn apart by a bomb in Afghanistan, is one of two veterans with Georgia ties getting help from the concert by actor Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band.

CBS Atlanta News talked to Love backstage before the concert. He said he does not see himself as a hero.

"For me the heroes here tonight are in the crowd, because they're here for me. They're helping me out tonight. My heroes are going to be out there dancing," Love said. 

Love, who lost both legs and his left arm in Afghanistan, says organizers of the 7 p.m. show in Alpharetta turned battlefield tragedies into newfound hope for him and other wounded veterans.

The concert will raise funds to build new Georgia homes for Love and Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Schlitz.

Schlitz was the sole survivor of an attack on his vehicle. He was burned over 85 percent of his body and lost both arms. 

"It's something that makes us very humble. It makes us very grateful for what they're doing," Schlitz said.

The Gary Sinise Foundation is partnering with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to build homes for injured veterans nationwide.

Sinise played amputee Lt. Dan Taylor in the 1994 film Forrest Gump and stars in TV's CSI: New York.

Saturday night's concert was at the Verizon Amphitheater at Encore Park in Alpheretta. 

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