Injured veteran gets new home in Festus

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  • KSDK - It's been two years since Corporal Justin McLoud lost his legs and his left arm in an explosion in Afghanistan.

    Saturday, he got the keys to a brand new home that was built just for him. He says being in his new home is amazing and will make his life a lot easier than it's been since he came home.

    "I can do anything in this house," McLoud says. "Before when I lived at the house I just was living at, I couldn't reach stuff...things that were in cabinets. I had to have somebody get it for me or I could only reach it if I was in my prosthetics."

    He lost his legs and his left arm after an IED went off near him in Afghanistan. Two years and countless therapy sessions later, he can enjoy this gift thanks to the non-profit Homes for our Troops.

    "...there are wider doors, wider hallways, roll-under cook tops, roll-under sinks, pull-down cabinetry, automatic toilets, overhead lifts, roll-in showers. Everything to make him a little bit more comfortable for the rest of his days," says Homes for Our Troops Veteran Liaison Larry Gill.

    Cpl. McLoud says it will make his life 100-percent easier.

    "It means he has the freedom that he deserves," says his mother Karri Weiss. "It helps me not to worry so much about if he's going to be ok. I know he's ok now."

    Homes for our Troops has built more than 100 other homes for wounded warriors just like this one across the country. They say they're glad to be able to do it, but each one they build is bittersweet.

    "Our goal is to be out of business. We hate we're having to build them," Gill says.

    He tells us these cost about $400,000 each. McLoud pays nothing.

    "He's paid in full. Trust me. These homes are paid for by people in the community, people across the united states, corporate sponsorships."

    "Having that factor taken out of my life is so much help," adds McCloud. "Thrown on top of it, this house is fully customized just for me so I can fully do everything."

    He is the second veteran to get a home in Missouri. The other one is in Columbia.

    Homes for our Troops is always accepting donations and looking for volunteers. To find out how you can help, visit their website.











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