Marine Corporal Tony Mullis and his wife Jeanie received the keys to their brand new home, completed in June and built by Homes for Our Troops (HFOT), in Hawkinsville, Ga., and then helped to break ground next door on Tony's friend and fellow Marine, Cpl Michael Boucher's specially adapted home.
Built at no cost to severely wounded veterans by HFOT, a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization, these projects depend on labor donated by contractors and skilled workers and from donated materials.
More than 200 people came out to congratulate these two real-life heroes and to help Homes For Our Troops break ground where Cpl Boucher’s new home will be built -- right next door to his buddy. “The courage these American heroes display is inspiring,” said Joseph Patterson, distribution manager, Armstrong, a partner distributor for Homes for our Troops.
The specially adapted homes built by HFOT include many products that help the veterans participate in and enjoy daily life with their families. Each home is designed to provide maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently after returning injured from service. “Homes for Our Troops will help me be able to get around in my own home with no troubles," said Cpl Mullis. "They will provide me with the house that will become the foundation of the home my wife and I will be able to live in as a normal family.”
Seventy percent of HFOT funds raised are through individual contributions from across the country.