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July 5, 2008Buffalo, New YorkTop of Form

Injured Veteran gets Home Remodeled

Story Published: Jul 5, 2008 at 8:40 PM EDT Story Updated: Jul 5, 2008 at 8:50 PM EDT
By Ginger Geoffery
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Life has changed a lot for Marine Lance Corporal Mark Beyers over the last three years. He spent months recovering after a bomb in Iraq cost him his right arm and leg. Then, when he finally returned to East Aurora he found new challenges in his own home. "It's impossible. You can't get around. You've got to hop on one leg in and out of bathrooms," says Beyers of his adjustment to life after this accident, "It's not very easy."

It's a problem shared by many veterans across the country, and now the organization "Homes For Our Troops" is dedicated to making home life easier for injured vets.

"Inside you'll see a 4x4 roll-in shower, roll-under sink top, wheelchair accessibility throughout, widened hallways and doorways," explains Kirt Rebello of Homes For Our Troops. The organization just finished renovating Beyer's house for him. It's the 28th house the national organization has retro-fitted. Their goal is to make the little everyday tasks at home easier -- things many of us take for granted.

"Yeah the roll-in shower, that's my favorite," says Beyers.

Beyer's wife also appreciates the renovations. "It's just wonderful to have my husband be more independent," says Denise Beyers, "You can see such a relief in his face to be able to do more things for himself and it takes a load off of me too, so it's fantastic."

Homes For Our Troops does all the renovations at no cost to the veteran. "We feel it's the least we can do," says Rebello, "No one deserves the ultimate dream of home ownership more than someone who sacrificed so much for it."

"All over the country they help wounded vets out, it's just great," says Beyers.

Homes For Our Troops is a non-profit organization that depends on donations from corporations and individuals. For more information visit

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