Nonprofit Builds Free Houses for Wounded Vets

Mass. group provides 'great ending to bad beginning'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 20, 2008 3:53 PM CDT
Framing begins on a home for a wounded soldier in this photo courtesy of Homes For Troops.   (
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(Newser) – A nonprofit group is putting up customized homes for badly injured vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Massachusetts-based Homes for Our Troops is building in 20 states, fueled by donated supplies, land, and labor. “When a vet is in need, people come out of everywhere to help,” the contractor-turned-founder says.

“It’s been a great ending to a bad beginning,” says one new homeowner who lost both of his legs in Iraq.  "They're against the war, they don't like the president, but when us guys come home...we're taken care of.” The group has built 25 houses and hopes it can eventually serve every wounded vet who qualifies—about 2,000 of the 30,000 who have been injured.