Wounded Marine Vet to Get New Home Built Special for His FamilyPosted: Updated:
People in Clayton gave a warm welcome to the newest resident Saturday, former Marine Corporal Luke McDermott.
"This whole community, not just Clayton, but Evans Mills, everywhere around here has been great," McDermott said. For me and my family, we're just super excited to be a part of this area."
McDermott served for five years and during his second deployment in 2010. He lost both of his legs from an explosion under his vehicle in Afghanistan. McDermott now wears prosthetic legs, but he's grateful to still be able to tell his story in honor of friends he lost in the service.
"I'm fortunate to still be alive, so I just want to try and live my life to the fullest and do whatever I can to honor their lives," McDermott said.
McDermott is now medically retired, but he still keeps active, something his current home doesn't help him with.. But he's getting a new home thanks to the group Homes For Our Troops,
"Our mission is to build and donate specially adapted homes for the most severely injured veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan to enable them to rebuild their lives," executive director Bill Ivey said.
McDermott and his family's new house will be built with better wheelchair access and more room for mobility.
"Those are the biggest things with this home. They're the little things you really don't think about until you get injured and you have to tackle these problems," McDermott said. "It's just going to make life so much more comfortable and so much easier."