A non-profit organization broke ground Saturday on an adaptive home for a Marine veteran who was severely injured in Afghanistan.
Homes for Our Troops, an organization that specializes in building homes designed specifically for veterans with life-altering injuries, is building retired Marine Private First Class Issac Blunt a home of his own in Fallbrook.
PFC Blunt has had a tough road to recovery since losing his legs, an eye and several fingers in an IED explosion in 2011 when he was just 20 years old.
His new four-bedroom, mortgage-paid home will have lowered countertops, widened doorways for easier wheelchair access and a roll-in shower, but the features of the home aren’t what he and his partner Cammie look forward to the most.
“What Cammie and I are looking forward to the most is being able to have enough rooms for when my daughter comes out here,” Blunt said. “This way she’ll have her own room and a home to go to.”
Blunt says that his daughter Isabel, 6, is currently in Wisconsin and will be making her first trip to San Diego for Christmas.
Although starting construction on the Blunt families dream home was the main event, Saturday’s itinerary included much more than ceremoniously putting shovels to dirt.
PFC Blunt rode to an introductory press conference in a fire engine escorted by police. He was met by cheering community members and supporting veterans, and entered the building under an awning of American Flags.
At the conference, Blunt was introduced to his new neighbors and later personally thanked all those involved in the construction of his new home.
“You guys make it possible for us to come home to these homes and be able to live our lives without having to worry about a mortgage,” Blunt said. “It’s greatly appreciated.”