National nonprofit honors local veterans with specially adapted homes
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 ceremonies in the Nashville area for local veterans, Marine, Lance Corporal Ben Maenza and Army Specialist, Andrew Wilson.
It was a grand welcoming home for Marine Ben Maenza in Brentwood Sunday. Maenza lost both of his legs after being injured in a bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2010.
Everyday task can be difficult for Maenza, but ‘Homes for our Troops' is helping ease some of challenges.
"I just know that it's going to give me something that's going to make that independence more real. You know living in an apartment, it's great and all but there's some things I need people to do for me over there. It's not ready for me and this place is going to be totally set up, I won't have to worry about that," Maenza told Nashville's News 2.
Maenza also won't have to worry about a mortgage. He served and sacrificed for our freedom, now he's on the path to restore his own freedom.
"I'm excited, but I'm ready for the challenge. I'm ready to take it on and I think that all of the conveniences that are actually built for me here, like the adaptive equipment and everything it's just going to make my life a whole lot easier to where I can actually start the next chapter of my life," Maenza explained.
'Homes for our Troops' is a 501(c)3 national nonprofit 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.