Big & Rich singer helps organization provide home to veteran - WKRN News 2

Big & Rich singer helps organization provide home to disabled veteran

Posted:
LINVILLE, Tenn. -

A disabled veteran and his family are in a new home with the help of country artist Big Kenny from the duo Big and Rich.

Shaun Meadows lost both of his legs while serving in Afghanistan nearly four years ago. He now gets around with the help of prosthetic legs.  

On Thursday, Nashville's News 2 traveled to Linville, Tennessee located in Giles County about 90 miles south of Nashville for the unveiling of the home.

Shaun proudly showed off his new home, which he was chosen for by Operation Finally Home, to more than 100 friends and family members.

The foundation, which Big Kenny is associated with, goes around the country and builds home for disabled veterans.

"What they did for us is a complete blessing, for myself and the family," he said.

Work on the one level, three-bedroom home, which is designed for Shaun's needs, began last November on Veteran's Day and was completed just days before Memorial Day.

"It was designed specifically for Shaun and his family and Shaun's needs as a disabled veteran," Keith Porterfield said.

Shaun told Nashville's News 2 the new home is a blessing to him and his family.

"I worried for a few years after my injury about what I was going to do next to support my family," he said. "You have taken that burden off my shoulders."

While Thursday's unveiling was focused on Shaun and his family, he took the opportunity to acknowledge other injured and fallen soldiers.

"I was fortunate enough to serve," he said. "I got hurt, but I'm here and get to be with my family, but there are heroes that didn't make it and they're not here with us today. It's unfortunate, but it is what it is."

Shaun also recently got the opportunity to skydive, making him the first active duty double amputee to skydive in Air Force history.

The Meadows' family officially moves into their new home on Friday.  

For more information on Operation Finally Home, visit their Web site.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:49:19 GMT
    Image from CNN/KHOU-TVImage from CNN/KHOU-TV
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...More >>
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...More >>
  • 38 dogs rescued in north Nashville dog fighting bust

    38 dogs rescued in north Nashville dog fighting bust

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:09 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:09:20 GMT
    A drug bust last week led to Tuesday’s seizure of 38 dogs from an alleged dog fighting ring in north Nashville.More >>
    A drug bust last week led to Tuesday’s seizure of 38 dogs from an alleged dog fighting ring in north Nashville.More >>
  • Giles County student injured, another charged in fight over gum

    Giles County student injured, another charged in fight over gum

    A Giles County middle school student is facing criminal charges and his classmate facial surgery after the two got into a fight over gum.More >>
    A Giles County middle school student is facing criminal charges and his classmate facial surgery after the two got into a fight over gum.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WKRN (Young Broadcasting station). All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.