Homes for Our Troops breaks ground on new home for injured Jeff

Homes for Our Troops breaks ground on new home for injured Jefferson Co. veteran

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Groundbreaking today on Bradley Walker's new home. Groundbreaking today on Bradley Walker's new home.
"It's going to be amazing not to have those barriers there and to be free. Be free in my own home and not have to worry about any of those challenges, those day to day activities. It's just going to be so much simpler,” said Walker. "It's going to be amazing not to have those barriers there and to be free. Be free in my own home and not have to worry about any of those challenges, those day to day activities. It's just going to be so much simpler,” said Walker.
Dandridge, TN - By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

DANDRIDGE (WATE) - The project to build a home for a local soldier who was badly injured while serving overseas is now officially underway.

The Jefferson County community gathered Saturday for the groundbreaking of Sergeant Bradley Walker’s soon-to-be new home along Plantation Point Drive in Dandridge.

And the house is going to be Sgt. Walker’s completely for free, thanks to an organization called Homes for Our Troops.

"It's amazing. Plain amazing,” said Sgt. Walker.

Homes for Our Troops builds specially adapted homes for seriously injured veterans.

Sgt. Walker lost both is legs in a 2006 explosion in Iraq.

In the eight years since then, he's been living with his father in the house he grew up in.

Despite high-tech prosthetic legs, he has to use a wheelchair quite often

Being in a home not designed for that makes it hard to do everything he’d like to.

"There's a lot of things you try to work around but it's not easy by any means,” said Walker.

His new home will be entirely wheelchair accessible with more than 150 modifications designed specifically for his needs.

"Everything from wider doors, wider hallways to power doors, roll under sinks and roll under stove tops,” said Tim McHale, president of Homes for Our Troops.

McHale says Homes for Our Troops is all about giving wounded veterans like Sgt. Walker the freedom and independence back they gave up fighting for our freedom.

"We want to build a home that's a safe sanctuary where they can be independent, where they can raise a family and do everything they want to do,” said McHale.

"It's going to be amazing not to have those barriers there and to be free. Be free in my own home and not have to worry about any of those challenges, those day to day activities. It's just going to be so much simpler,” said Walker.

They home will also have a safe room that is up to FEMA standards, along with an emergency generator.

It will be about 2700 square feet with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, and should be complete within six to nine months.

The home is paid for entirely through donations to Homes for Our Troops.

They have built 165 homes for veterans in 38 states since they were founded a decade ago.

For information on how to donate, visit their website.

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