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article imageGroup to build 10 custom homes for injured vets Special

By KJ Mullins     Mar 31, 2010 in World
When a member of the military is injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, returning home can be a difficult task. The veterans need a home that is adapted to their new needs. Homes For Our Troops is stepping in to build 10 homes in April for deserving vets.
Throughout the month of April Homes for Our Troops will hold 10 Build Brigades for 10 severely injured veterans. Three of the Brigades will take place in the same town so that three veterans who bravely fought for the nation will become neighbours.
"As a nation we are bound by love of country and appreciation for the men and women who serve in our nations military. No matter where we build in the country Homes for Our Troops has experienced the willingness of communities to come together and roll up their shirt sleeves to help American heroes who have protected our freedom and that have returned home severely injured," said John Gonsavles founder of Homes for Our Troops.
Homes for Our Troops builds homes for disabled veterans.
Homes for Our Troops builds homes for disabled veterans.
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Since 2004 when Homes for Our Troops was founded the national non-profit group has built 57 specially adapted homes. From the time ground is broken to the keys of a new home and life for a veteran are handed over takes about 6 months. Each home costs on average about $300,000 to build. The homes are given free and clear to each veteran through the support of sponsors, professional tradespeople, foundation grants and community minded volunteers.
Homes for Our Troops builds homes for disabled veterans.
Homes for Our Troops builds homes for disabled veterans.
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One of the veterans that will be given a home is SSG Robert Canine of Columbia, Missouri. In May 2009, while returning from patrol in Baghad, Canine was severely injured when an Explosively Formed Projectile hit his vehicle. That blast took his legs.
SSG Robert Canine before being injured in Baghdad
SSG Robert Canine before being injured in Baghdad
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Canine will soon be able to read to his son at night in his new home, something that he can't do currently because of the home he is living on base. This gift will enable him to do what he did before serving the nation-take care of his family.
SSG Robert Canine in Iraq
SSG Robert Canine in Iraq
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"I feel so honored that volunteers are willing to do so much for me and other veterans. It is humbling and I appreciate it so much. The specially adapted home I receive from Homes for Our Troops will eliminate the daily challenges I have just getting around...this home will improve my quality of living every day."
Homes for Our Troops builds homes for disabled veterans.
Homes for Our Troops builds homes for disabled veterans.
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Vicki Thomas, spokesperson for Homes for Our Troops said during a phone interview that when they go into a community to start a project they are strangers. "It's amazing to see an entire community open their arms up for the veterans and ask what can I do to help. I get to see what's right with America."
Thomas said that one of the rewarding aspects of her job is to work with the wives of the veterans. "This women are true heroes who give their all for their families. They are amazing wives who have never given up hope."
In a time when most non-profits are struggling Homes for Our Troops saw an increase in their yearly end books last year. They were up 60 percent. Thomas said she asked CEO John Gonsavles why he thought that was.
"He listed four reasons for the huge support. One was the cost, people want to support our veterans. Two was our 4-Star rating. The third reason was that the media was behind us and told our story and the final reason was our website."
Homes for Our Troops is proud to be listed in the American Institute of Philanthropy's top rated Veterans & Military Charities where it enjoys an A rating. It has received a Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator. Homes for Our Troops is a member of the National Association of Home Builders and the US Green Building Council.
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