Group helps local veteran regain freedom
WALES, N.Y. (WIVB) -- In the fight for freedom, one of America's bravest from western New York lost his independence.
His right arm had to be amputated along with one of his legs below the knee.
Marine Lance Corporal Mark Beyers was severely injured in Iraq nearly three years ago.
Now, he finally has a home where he can regain his independence.
This is reality for Marine Lance Corporal Mark Beyers nearly 3 years after being injured by an improvised explosive device. "When you're a Marine, you kind of think you're a little bit invincible."
At home, the biggest challenge had been getting around.
Beyers said, "Going from a little apartment to a home like this, it's wonderful."
A home in Wales, NY has been adapted for his needs. The bathroom has sinks that are lower and wheelchair accessible. There's a roll-in shower, automatic toilet. "Hundred percent easier. I can get around anywhere. I can cook, take showers anytime. Don't have to hop on one leg into the bathroom and fall all the time."
The bedroom is also wheelchair accessible. Lance Corporal Beyers will be able to cook for himself in this kitchen. All made possible by Homes For Our Troops which adapts homes for the nation's most severely injured veterans.
Kirt Rebello, the Vice President of Homes For Our Troops said, "We feel it's the least we could do for them. Across the country, thousands of severely injured veterans are returning home to houses that are actually obstacles and really safety hazards to them."
The home is the 28th completed project. There are 26 other projects underway across the country. Beyers' wife is also in the Marines.
Denise Beyers the serviceman's wife said, "Huge difference. I can't even explain how big of a difference it makes."
For Lance Corporal Beyers, this home goes to the heart of healing body and soul. "It just makes you feel so much better about yourself."