Injured Vet Gets New Customized Home in Canyon Lake, Community Kickoff Planned Saturday at VFW Post 8800
A community kickoff for a new home build for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brian Boone, who lost his left leg while serving in Afghanistan, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at VFW Post 8800, 7755 FM 2673.
The national nonprofit organization Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) will build a specially adapted custom home featuring 40 major special adaptations such as widened doorways for wheelchair access, a roll-in shower, and kitchen amenities that include pull-down shelving and lowered countertops.
The home also will alleviate the mobility and safety issues associated with a traditional home, including navigating a wheelchair through narrow hallways or over thresholds or reaching for cabinets that are too high.
“It is a program that we support wholeheartedly,” said VFW Post 8800 Quartermaster Tessa Teel. “One of our members, a combat veteran amputee, was a recipient of one of their beautiful homes. We are honored to help Homes for our Troops provide a venue for their event for SSG Boone.”
During his first combat deployment on Nov. 11, 2011, Boone sustained severe damage to his left leg when the vehicle carrying him struck an improvised explosive device (IED) in Regional Command East, Afghanistan. The wound was so severe doctors at Bagram Airbase were forced to amputate his leg.
HFOT has built over 330 homes since the organization’s inception in 2004. The group relies on contributions from donors, supporters, and corporate partners for the building of each veteran’s home. Community members can schedule fundraisers or make donations. To find out more on how to get involved or make a donation visit www.hfotusa.org.
Read more about Boone’s story and watch his video at www.hfotusa.org/