Injured Claiborne Co. veteran hoping to build adapted home

Injured Claiborne Co. veteran hoping to build adapted home

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By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

SPEEDWELL (WATE) - A Claiborne County veteran learning to walk again is trying to take the next step in his future.  In order to be more independent, he wants to build himself an adapted home to call his own but needs the community's help.

6 News has been following Lance Corporal Cody Evans since losing his legs in Afghanistan back in December 2011.

We recently caught up with the wounded warrior and learned he's been busy rebuilding his life. Evans is going to college and majoring in history, so that he can become a teacher.

Every day for Evans is about learning a new normal.

"I try to do everything I can on my own," he said.

But there are the unexpected challenges.

"There are times when the kitchen cabinets, he can't get things out of them because he can't reach them," said his mother Regina Evans.

There's still a long road to recovery.  Two and a half years ago Evans was stationed in Afghanistan serving as a combat engineer for the Marine Corps, looking for IED's. One exploded, wounding him.

"Every day hoping and praying that he was OK and that he would live," added his mom.

Since then Evans' assignment has been all about getting better, learning how to walk on his new prosthetic legs and training with his service dog Willie.

The next step was a warm welcome home. Volunteers came together back in 2012 and helped re-model his mother's Speedwell house.

"I wouldn't have been able to get into the house had it not been for the community," said Evans.

Fast-forward to today.

"We have to start thinking about his long term future and what his needs are for the rest of his life," said Regina.

While he may receive a pension, an adapted home that would meet Evans' specific needs isn't cheap, and all this American hero really wants is independence.

"I don't want my injuries to hold me back," he said.

To this day the family says they are still overwhelmed by the outpouring of kindness and support. If you'd like to help make this home a possibility you can donate to a fundraising page here or visit their Facebook page by clicking here.

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