Veteran house

Sgt. Bryan Camacho cuts the ribbon at his new handicap-accessible home in the Whitworth-Buchanan area. Homes For Our Troops and Hallmark Building Group built the home at no charge for the disabled veteran.

National nonprofit organization Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) donated a home to disabled Army Sgt. Bryan Camacho recently in the Whitworth-Buchanan area.

On Dec. 21, 2007, Camacho, serving as an infantryman, was searching for an ammunition cache with his unit in Iraq, when his vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device, HFOT said. The blast threw Camacho from the turret of the vehicle, breaking his back and paralyzing him from the waist down. 

On Nov. 15, 2014, his handicap-adapted truck spun out on ice and rolled into a ditch, breaking his neck and paralyzing him from the neck down.

Camacho’s new home features 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. 

All costs for the home will be covered by Homes For Our Troops and its donors and corporate partners.

“This home will mean the world to me and make my daily living significantly easier. If I ever find a way to repay HFOT’s supporters, I will,” Camacho said.

HFOT is a publicly funded nonprofit organization that builds and donates custom homes nationwide to severely injured post-9/11 veterans.

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