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America Supports You: 'Homes for Our Troops' Breaks Ground

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2004 – Joining a groundswell of support for American troops serving in the war on terror is an organization dedicated to making severely disabled veterans' lives a little easier at home.

"Homes for Our Troops" is a nonprofit organization that builds new or adapts existing homes for severely disabled veterans. The modifications to a home can include ramps, wider doorways, and lower sinks and counters. The homes will be built to accommodate injuries that include loss of limbs, spinal cord injuries, and full or partial paralysis.

The group is set to break ground on its first specially adapted home, for Massachusetts National Guardsman Sgt. Peter Damon and his family, currently of Brockton, Mass., on Dec. 19. The new home will be in nearby Middleboro, Mass. Damon lost his right arm above the elbow and his left hand and wrist.

His home has been made possible through donations of cash, building materials and labor.

"The soldiers are proud and do not ask for anything in return," Homes for Our Troops officials said in a recent news release, "but people who care for them have contacted us telling us of their desperate situation resulting from their injuries."

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