Saturday, May 22, 2010

For Wounded Veteran, New Home a Gift of Independence

Iraq veteran and double-amputee Frank Pierson hasn’t had it easy since a projectile hit the vehicle he was driving in Baghdad, Iraq in March 2008. But he has a lot to look forward to.
Construction began in Plainfield on Friday on a new home for Pierson and his wife, Arielle, that will make it easier for Pierson to get around. Having lost both his legs, Pierson is confined to a wheelchair. The couple currently lives with Arielle’s mother in a house that makes it difficult for Frank to get from room to room.
"Being independent is a huge thing," he said in an interview for Homes for our Troops, the organization that is sponsoring the construction. "I don’t like people helping me all the time. With a new house, it would limit that."
The house is designed for Pierson and his chair. Some of its features include a waist-high stove in the kitchen, and a roll-in shower in the bathroom.

Source: For Wounded Veteran, New Home a Gift of Independence | NBC Chicago

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