APPLE VALLEY– On Saturday, July 11, 2015, the national nonprofit organization, Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) will kick off the building of a home for Army Specialist Jose Martinez, who was severely injured while serving in Afghanistan. The Community Kick Off event signifies the start of the build process of the home and will introduce SPC Martinez and his family to the community.
The event will be held at the James A. Woody Community Center, 13467 Navajo Road, Apple Valley, Calif., at 9 a.m. The public is welcome to attend.
On March 3, 2012, SPC Martinez was on a foot patrol with members of the 2/3 Infantry Division in Kandahar, Afghanistan, when he was in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion. The blast resulted in the loss of both legs, his right arm and partial amputation of his left hand.
The home being built for SPC Martinez will feature more than 40 major special adaptations such as widened doorways for wheelchair access, a roll-in shower, and kitchen amenities that include pull-down shelving and lowered countertops. The home will also alleviate the mobility and safety issues associated with a traditional home, including navigating a wheelchair through narrow hallways or over thresholds, riding on carpets, or reaching for cabinets that are too high.
All costs for the home will be covered by Homes for Our Troops and its network of donors, supporters and corporate partners. Donations for the project can be made in person at the event or online at www.hfotusa.org/donate.
President/CEO of Homes for Our Troops Tim McHale says it’s an honor and privilege to serve the Veterans who have sacrificed for our freedom and independence.
“We at Homes for Our Troops do not believe giving a home to a severely injured Veteran is charity. We believe it is a moral obligation of our society. They fought to protect our freedom and independence, and we are now giving them back some freedom and independence by building them a specially adapted home.”
(source: Homes For Our Troops)