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Tuesday, 11 November 2008 14:43

Injured Marine Gets a New Home

ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 11/11/2008
Andy Robinson was greeted with a hero's welcome as he arrived at his new home.
 

Andy says he is amazed at his new home.
 

The organization Homes For Our Troops built Andy and Sara a new home.
 

Volunteers flocked to Florence, New Jersey to help build the Robinson's new home.
 

The Robinsons' new home is beautiful and handicap-accessible.
 

Andy shows off his new handicap-accessible stove.
 

The home has an elevator so Andy can get upstairs and downstairs.
 

Sara Robinson says the house is going to make things easier and better for both herself and Andy.
 
 There was a hero's welcome for Marine Andy Robinson.  But this homecoming is extra special for staff sergeant Robinson and his wife Sara, because they're getting a brand new home, absolutely free!

Robinson is confined to a wheelchair, paralyzed from the waist down after being injured in 2006 when a roadside bomb exploded in Iraq.  

But the non-profit group Homes For Our Troops stepped in.  The organization builds homes for injured troops, and they built one for Andy and Sara.

"This home will be different from a regular home in that it'll be specially adapted to meet Andy's needs.  It'll just basically give him a little bit of freedom of movement that'll help his life be a little bit better than it would otherwise be," Kirt Rebello of Homes For Our Troops tells INSIDE EDITION.

Dozens of volunteers descended on Florence, New Jersey to build the Robinsons a new home.  The house went up in a matter of hours, and
cameras captured every step of construction.

Once the house was finished, Andy couldn't wait to show it off.  

"Eventually, when I learn how to cook again, I can get under the stove here," says Andy, showing INSIDE EDITION his new handicapped-accessible kitchen.

"I'll be able to help with the dishes, I'll be able to help a little bit with the cooking, or at least be able to get myself something to eat instead of having to always ask my wife," Andy says proudly.

The doorways are extra wide, and there's an elevator and a lift system that can carry him to the fully accessible shower.  The toilet alone costs almost $10,000.

At an emotional ceremony, Robinson was handed the keys to his new home, moving in just in time for Veterans Day.

He'll never forget the day he got his dream home from a grateful nation.

"This house is just a wonderful testament to how great this community is and how much our country loves our service members," Andy says.
  

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