May 19, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Marine Corporal Carlos Torres lost both of his legs when he stepped on an improvised explosive device, or IED, while serving in Afghanistan in 2011. He also seriously injured his elbow.
Despite his devastating injuries, Cpl. Torres fought back, regaining an active lifestyle. He ran the Marine Corps Marathon 10K in 2013 and plays wheelchair basketball. He also participates in fishing, cycling, tennis, surfing and scuba diving.
Now, thanks to Homes for Our Troops, he will soon have a specially adapted home of his own at 1461 Brayton Way in El Cajon. The East County California reports that Homes for our Troops has broken ground and the new house is under construction and slated for completion this fall.
The home will be given to Torres, with no mortgage. The one-story home will include a roll-in shower, roll-under countertops, as well as sinks, appliances and other features built for accessibility.
Homes for Our Troops has built 187 adaptive homes for severely injured veterans and has 49 more under construction nationwide.
Torres looks forward to moving in with other family members soon – and doing a lot more cooking. “Receiving help from Homes for Our Troops is going to be a blessing and will allow for better living conditions,” he says. “Thank you for the freedom this home represents.”
You can find more information about Homes for Our Troops at www.HFOTusa.org .