'Homes for Our Troops' breaks ground on 2 homes; local veterans - WKRN News 2

'Homes for Our Troops' breaks ground on 2 homes for local veterans

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The national non-profit organization ‘Homes for Our Troops' restores freedom and independence to severely injured veterans through the gift of a specially adapted home.

This weekend the organization held two groundbreaking ceremonies in the Nashville area to local veterans.

Construction began breaking ground for Marine, Lance Corporal Ben Maenza and Army Specialist, Andrew Wilson.

The public was invited to attend the ceremonies starting at 10 a.m., signifying the official start of both projects.

The specially adapted homes are designed to accommodate the severe injuries LCpl, Maenza and SPC Wilson sustained while serving their country.

The homes will provide them with maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently.

Maenza was three weeks into his first deployment when he lost both of his legs and suffered injuries to his arm as the result of a bomb blast in Sangin, Afghanistan on October 21, 2010.

Wilson was on his first deployment when he suffered the amputations of his right leg below the knee, and his left leg above the knee, after stepping on an IED while on a foot patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan on October 19, 2011.

"Having an adapted home will provide a comfort physically, mentally, and financially which will greatly reduce any anxiety about my future," Wilson said. "Something I have worried about since the moment of my injury."

‘Homes for our Troops' is a national non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Taunton, Mass, founded in 2004.

The mission of the organization is to build specially adapted homes for service members who have been severely injured in combat operations since September 11, 2001.

All homes are built at no cost to the veteran through the generous support of individuals, foundations, and corporate contributors.

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