Monday, February 11, 2013

Double Amputee Wounded Marine Will Get New Home

Wounded Marine Will Get New Home
February 10, 2013
by Jocelyne Pruna
5 News Online

Marine Sgt. Marshall Kennedy underwent 35 surgeries after an explosion overseas, and the organization Homes For Our Troops is building a home designed for his needs.

The hallways and doorways will be wider so his wheelchair can move around easily. The framing of his new home is almost complete and there’s a large sign at the front announcing the project.

“When I first got injured, you never expect people like this,” Kennedy said.

Homes For Our Troops is a national non-profit organization that builds houses for wounded veterans who give so much to this country. Marshall, his wife and two boys Caleb, 3, and Ethan, 5, stopped by Sunday to check on the progress.

“It’s a great feeling,” Kennedy said. “It’s going to be better for us to have this very nice house, it’s going to be a well-built home and it’s going to stand the test of time.”

Marshall’s life changed on June 13, 2011 in Sangin, Afghanistan. He stepped on an IED, an improvised explosive device.

He lost his left leg below the knee, right leg above the knee, and suffered lacerations on his left arm, a shoulder injury as well as internal injuries. Still, Kennedy considers himself lucky.
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