Homes For Our Troops

Homes is where the heart is

Together in 2013 with Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) we built a specially adapted home for Marine Staff Sergeant Bradley Lang, in nearby Stella, NC. The follow season we started construction and built a second home for Army Sgt. Anthony Verra.
It has been our honor to be a part of these builds and a small part of giving these men back some of the freedom they have sacrificed for us.

The Lang Family

Marine Staff Sergeant Bradley Lang was on his 3rd deployment when he lost both of his legs above the knees and fractured his pelvis when he stepped on an IED in Sangin, Afghanistan on July 24, 2011. While on a mission, SSgt. Lang, an explosive Ordinance Disposal Technician (EOD Tech), stepped on an unidentified pressure-plate mechanism after earlier identifying and rendering safe two bombs in the same area. He suffered the traumatic amputation of both of his legs, and a fractured pelvis, and was left unable to hear as a result of the deafening blast. Never losing consciousness and reading the lips of fellow Marines, SSgt Lang was able to use his EOD training to direct his team to safely remove him from the blast site while they performed life-saving measures and prepared him for medical transport. As the MEDEVAC came under fire from insurgents when flying out of the hostile area, SSgt Lang was kept informed about what was happening by flight crew. Airlifted to Camp Bastion, Brad underwent emergency surgery before being stabilized for transport to Landstuhl, Germany, where he endured more surgeries prior to being transferred stateside to Bethesda, Maryland. There, he awoke with his family by his side, including his wife Alyssa and their son, David.

The Verra Family

Army Sergeant Anthony Verra was on his 2nd deployment when he lost both of his legs after stepping on an IED in Arghandab, Afghanistan on September 22, 2010. After being called in to take pictures documenting the situation at a compound that had just been cleared of five IED’s (Improvised Explosive Devices), SGT Verra stepped on an unidentified IED. The blast traumatically amputated his legs and hurled him through the air. Airlifted to Kandahar, and then to Bagram, SGT Verra would travel through Landstuhl, Germany before arriving at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC four days after the blast that nearly claimed his life. Nearly sixty surgeries later, SGT Verra continues his recovery in Bethesda, Maryland at the newly renamed Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

When asked what living in a specially adapted home would mean to him, SGT Verra shared the following: “Homes for Our Troops is a great program with sponsors and volunteers who offer their support and help give back the basic daily needs to people who are in situations similar to mine. A specially adapted home from Homes for Our Troops will help me be more independent and allow me to be an active member of my family. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to live my life in a home without barriers.”

Homes For Our Troops

Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) is a national non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide specially adapted homes for service members who have been severely injured in combat operations since September 11, 2001. It is their honor to coordinate the building of homes at no cost to the Veterans that have selflessly given to our country.
HFOT Impact:
• Since 2004, Homes For Our Troops has completed 110 projects
• At the end of 2011, 32 more home projects were underway
• 41,000 volunteer opportunities have been created since 2005

Get Involved

To volunteer services for future builds with Homes for Our Troops and/or make a donation, contact Homes for Our Troops directly, or check their website for upcoming builds. (http://www.hfotusa.org/)
You will also find useful information on how to support the veteran’s project immediately by hosting an independent fundraiser.