Homes For Our Troops Helping Another Indiana Soldier

Posted On September 04, 2014

By Amanda Barry

(Milroy, Ind.) – Come support a local hero during a groundbreaking ceremony as Home for Our Troops begins to build a battle-wounded soldier a handicap accessible home.

Army Spc. Jacob Lyerla became a paraplegic at the age of 19 while fighting in Afghanistan in September of 2009.

It was his first deployment when he was thrown from the turret of his vehicle during an enemy attack in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was driving past a bus station and followed up suspicious activity when members of the 4th engineers unit were hit by an improvised explosive device. The IED blast ejected Lyerla, which caused severe injuries to his right leg and made him a paraplegic upon impact.

Just as they did for disabled American veteran Brett Bondurant, of Lawrenceburg, earlier this year, national non-profit Home for Our Troops is building a new, customized, mortgage-free accessible home for Lyerla. The home will be the third built by Homes for Our Troops for a disabled veteran in Indiana.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend a first official ceremony to show support for the wounded warrior and help kick off and celebrate the start of SPC Lyerla’s new home. It happens Saturday, September 6 starting at 11:00 a.m., at 800 West State Road 244 in Milroy, Indiana, located between Greensburg and Shelbyville. More information is available online at http://www.hfotusa.org/lyerla.

According to friend P.G. Gentrup, Bondurant plans to attend the groundbreaking in support of his fellow soldier. Others are welcome to join, says Gentrup.

Come show this local hero that the people of Indiana support him and appreciate his courage. This is a chance to learn how you, your family, you company and friends can support this project throughout construction.

Jacob continues to focus on recovery, while he looks forward to cooking in his spacious kitchen modified to his needs. His future plans include attending college.