Mission Complete: New Home Donated To Disabled Veteran
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – No longer will basic tasks like navigating a hallway or getting a glass of water be difficult undertakings for an American hero.
Army Specialist Brett Bondurant was given the keys to and cut the ribbon on his new home on Crossbow Trails Lane in Lawrenceburg on Saturday. He arrived to the applause from nearly 200 friends, family, and other supporters who gathered at the ceremony.
Congressman Luke Messer and Denver Broncos and former Indianapolis Colts tight end Jacob Tamme were also present for the key ceremony. So was Army Captain Chad Williams, who was once stationed with Bondurant in Alaska.
The 23-year-old Lawrenceburg High School graduate will share the house with his wife, London, and their baby daughter, Jaycee. The custom-built, specially-adapted home for the disabled veteran was donated by the national non-profit organization Homes for Our Troops.
Bondurant was seriously injured – losing each of his legs at around the knees – in an improvised explosive device explosion while on a mine-sweeping mission with the Army in Afghanistan in 2011. He now uses a wheelchair or prosthetic legs for mobility.
Since his injury, Bondurant has sometimes needed to crawl or walk on his hands to navigate his own home. The new residence has many features that will make simply, everyday tasks easier for him. Hallways are wider, kitchen counters have space underneath to allow for the wheelchair to get closer, the bathtub is more accessible.
“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,” Bondurant said during the groundbreaking held last September.
Homes For Our Troops has built and donated more than 160 homes for disabled veterans across the U.S. since 2004. Bondurant’s is the latest. Another 45 homes are currently in progress, according to the organization’s website.