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Nonprofit to build homes for injured Marines

The national nonprofit organization, Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) will kick off building homes in Escondido for two injured Marines with a virtual, dual Community Kickoff event on Saturday, April 10. 

On Sept. 7, 2010, Marine Corporal Kionte Storey lost his right leg while serving in Afghanistan with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines. On April 20, 2011, Marine First Sergeant Ben Holmes lost his right leg from injuries he sustained while serving with the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion in Afghanistan. 

The Community Kickoff signifies the start of the build process and will introduce these two Veterans to the community. The event will be streamed live on Zoom starting at 10 a.m. PST. Please RSVP to receive the Zoom link at www.hfotusa.org/holmes or www.hfotusa.org/storey or contact Community Engagement Coordinator Mell Barbosa at mbarbosa@hfotusa.org. 

The homes being built for these two Veterans will feature more than 40 major special adaptations such as widened doorways for wheelchair access, a roll-in shower, and kitchen amenities that include pull-down shelving and lowered countertops. The homes will also alleviate the mobility and safety issues associated with a traditional home, including navigating a wheelchair through narrow hallways or over thresholds, riding on carpets, or reaching for cabinets that are too high. All costs for these homes will be covered by Homes For Our Troops and its network of donors, supporters and corporate partners. 

HFOT has built 315 homes since the organization’s inception in 2004. Homes For Our Troops relies on contributions from donors, supporters, and corporate partners for the building of each Veteran’s home. Community members may hold fundraisers or make donations. To find out more on how to get involved or make a donation visit www.hfotusa.org. 

Read more about Cpl Storey at www.hfotusa.org/storey and 1stSgt Holmes at www.hfotusa.org/holmes.   

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