On March 12, Army Specialist Jose Martinez was presented with the keys to the new home in Apple Valley by representatives of the Homes for Our Troops organization. The home is the 209th in the nation to be donated to an injured veteran.
Homes for Our Troops builds specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured Veterans to help them to rebuild their lives.
A ceremony was held at the home, with family and friends of Martinez attending, as well as local dignitaries and the community.
Also participating in the ceremony were the High Desert Young Marines, Quilts of Valor, American Legion #725, Patriot Guard Riders, Veterans United Home Loans, Supervisor Lovingood, representatives from Congressman Cook and Assemblyman Obernolte, and Town of Apple Valley Mayor Barb Stanton, among others.
Martinez was injured in Kandahar, Afghanistan while attempting to aid a soldier who was seriously injured in a blast, but he stepped on an IED which resulted in the loss of both of his legs, his right arm and a partial amputation of his left hand.
The home awarded to Martinez and his wife, Lizette, has over 40 adaptations for handicapped access.
Founded in 2004, HFOT has completed 209th specially adapted homes nationwide in 40 states, and there are currently 110 Veterans in the program waiting to receive homes. For more information call (508) 823-3300.