Wounded Veteran Given Keys to Custom-Built Home

Aug 05, 15 Wounded Veteran Given Keys to Custom-Built Home

For Sergeant First Class Jeffrey Hackett, life would never be the same after losing his right leg to an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2011.

But now, after a four-year recovery, it appears that Sgt. Hackett is ready to begin a new chapter in his life — with a brand-new, custom-built home designed just for his needs.

According to a July 26 Watertown Daily Times article, Homes for Our Troops, a national nonprofit organization that constructs specialized homes for wounded and disabled veterans, unveiled Sgt. Hackett’s new home on Saturday, July 25, in Mexico, NY.

The single-story home, located in the town of Mexico to be closer to his wife’s family, gives the wheelchair-bound Sgt. Hackett access to more than 40 amenities. Home builders incorporated features such as widened doorways, a roll-in shower, pull-down shelving and lower counter tops into the home.

The entire dwelling has also been designed to be wheelchair-accessible, which Sgt. Hackett said will take pressure off his leg. His family’s current home, in Belleville, NY, is not wheelchair-accessible; the veteran has had trouble navigating around the house since returning home and has even fallen down the stairs.

So far, Homes for Our Troops has constructed 192 custom-designed homes for veterans just like Sgt. Hackett. For Sgt. Hackett and his family, the dwelling symbolizes a new beginning, he said.

“Now I can officially say my journey is complete,” Sgt. Hackett said. “I just wanted to get home and get my kids back into a regular routine and get back into a normal life. It was a long process and well worth the wait and well worth the time and effort people put into making this home. I now feel safe doing things again once I move in.”

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