Ground Broken On Disabled Veteran’s New Home
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Construction is ahead of schedule on brand new, custom built home that will be donated to a local American hero.
Lawrenceburg resident and Army Specialist Brett Bondurant lost his legs in an IED explosion in Afghanistan two years ago. On Saturday, the national non-profit organization Homes for Our Troops held a groundbreaking on a brand new wheelchair accessible home for Bondurant and his family.
Dawn Teixeira, executive director of Homes for Our Troops, said the Bondurants home is the 135th home across the nation that the organization has built for veterans disabled by injuries sustained while serving since September 11, 2001.
Bondurant said that the home will help him become independent again, making life easier for his wife, London, and their four-week-old daughter, Jacee.
“This type of independence I’m now about to gain is something I can never explain. It’s going to be awesome, especially for my wife, who will get to be my wife and not my nurse,” he told the 100 or so people who attended the groundbreaking.
Currently, Bondurant – one of more than 1,500 service members nationwide who have suffered a major limb amputation or spinal cord injury – uses a wheelchair or walks wearing prosthetic legs. He still has difficulty with daily tasks in a normal home.
“The challenges I face now are something I shouldn’t have to deal with,” Bondurant said. “The rooms and hallways and doorways are too small for the wheelchair to even be inside, so most of the time I’m on my legs. If I’m not on my legs I’m on my couch complaining about how bad they hurt or I’m crawling on my hands.”
Teixeira said the organization has underestimated the enthusiasm of the home builder, Northern Kentucky-based BOLD Company. The foundation and wood framing of the home on Crossbow Trails Lane in Lawrenceburg has already been constructed.
The Bondurants’ could take up residency in the home later this year or early next year.
Illustrating the importance of Saturday’s event was the attendance of U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana).
“To you and your family, thank you for everything you have done. Congratulations,” Donnelly said.
Homes for Our Troops has reached about a third of the donations needed for the Bondurants’ home. Learn how you can help or donate at www.hfotusa.org/bondurant.