Marine Veteran Gets New Home Courtesy of Homes For Our TroopsPosted: Updated:
"I immediately lost my right leg, I blacked out for thirty seconds - I think - maybe a minute."
Corporal Luke McDermott recounted the loss of his legs at a ceremony in the garage of his new house Saturday.
He lost them eight years ago in Afghanistan after an insurgent detonated an improvised explosive device under his vehicle while he was on security patrol. Even though he lost his legs he said he doesn't regret his decision to serve and he would do it all over again.
"I volunteered doing it, I loved what I did, I am proud to have been a marine," said McDermott. "I knew the risk going in so, I am overwhelmed, I am very thankful, but personally I don't think I'll ever be deserving of something like this."
Now the double amputee - and his fiance - have a new home in Clayton thanks to "Homes For Our Troops" a non-profit organization that donates custom homes to severely injured veterans.
"For us, it's really about assisting our veterans who are badly injured to get on with rebuilding their lives, so today was a short ceremony to celebrate the completion of their home and formally hand Luke and his fiance the keys to their new home," said William Ivey, executive director of Homes for our Troops,
One of the guest speakers was Patti Gomez-Michalkow, the 2018 Mrs. New York, who is an Army veteran and volunteers with the non-profit, and for this house she helped with the landscaping.
"And being here today means the absolute world to me, said Gomez-Michalkow. "Being able to see the look on Corporal Luke McDermott's face when he received his new home, you can't put a price on that."
If you would like to donate, you can go to Homes For Our Troop's website.