DE Wounded Veteran Receives Special Home
By KEIRA BENSON (MILFORD, DE -- WMDT) 12/6/2007It was a special day Wednesday for a local veteran who was severely injured while serving in Iraq. He received a gift that will hopefully make life for him a little easier.
When Sergeant Jason Nielson was serving in Iraq he received a life altering injury. He's now limited to a wheelchair.
He says, "It's been a lot of changes. But we've all grown stronger because of it."
Although Nielson says he doesn't regret his service, his disability has made life for him and his family more difficult. But Wednesday, a non-profit organization known as Homes For Our Troops, unveiled something that could make life a little easier, a new home.
Nielson says, "I don't have to think about getting into my cabinets, they roll right out. And, my shower . . . I can roll right into my shower."
Neilson's new home is also equipped with wider doorways and lower light switches.
He says, "It's completely handicap accessible . . . it just makes life so much easier."
Although Neilson's challenges were the focus Wednesday, officials from Homes For Our Troops say he's not the only veteran they're trying to help. So far, the nonprofit group has built 18 handicap accessible homes for veterans. They're currently building 20 more.