Wounded Marine gets new home in Burrillville
BURRILLVILLE, R.I. —
Marine Corporal Kevin Dubois is finally home. He and his wife cut the ribbon on an early Christmas present Saturday, a brand new, fully paid for, handicap accessible home from Homes for Our Troops, an organization that builds adapted houses for wounded soldiers.
"Thank you doesn't even begin to cover it, everything in this house is going to be perfect for me to be able to use," Dubois said.
His journey back to independent living wasn't easy. Two years ago Dubois stepped on and improvised explosive device in the Helmund Province in Afghanistan, he was trying to rescue a fellow soldier.
"I was originally cut off at the knees but the infection spread to my bones they had to take the rest of my legs," Dubois said.
He thought he may never be able to live independently again. This organization changed that, making adjustments to this adapted home. Everything is handicap accessible, from higher outlets on the walls, to counters that can be rolled under, and automatic doors at every entrance.
"This is not really an act of charity, it's a moral obligation of our society to take care of Kevin, his wife, Kayla and other veterans," Homes for our Troops President and CEO Timothy Mchale said.
"These marines protect our freedom and independence, this home gives them back some of their freedom and independence" Mchale said.
157 wounded veterans have received homes at no cost from this organization. In 52 of those homes, babies were born, Kayla and Kevin will make this 53, their first baby, a son, is due in February.