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Community Rallies for Injured Vet

Monday, September 11, 2006 | 7:15 PM

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RIDLEY TOWNSHIP, Pa.

September 11, 2006

 

(WPVI) -- There was a ceremony marking 9/11 in Ridley Township. But for one of the participants, a local injured veteran, it was a ceremony like no other. 

 

Beneath a small tent on a vacant lot, there was a moment of silence to remember the day. Then, a remarkable gesture that caused Sergeant Pisey Tan to blink back tears.

Curt Weldon/R-Delaware County: "We want you to know, Sarge, that this is all because of the sacrifice that you made. You're the typical American hero."

Pisey Tan lost both his legs when an IED exploded near his Bradley fighting vehicle last year. Sgt. Pisey Tan/Iraq War veteran: "My gunner asked me if I was OK, and I was like 'Yeah, I'm fine.' And he told me 'Go!' As soon as he told me 'Go' I tried moving my legs and I was moving my legs, and I was moving my legs but no action, there was nothing there."

While in the hospital, the sergeant from Olney got an odd phone call asking him if he would he like a house. Sgt. Pisey Tan/Iraq War veteran: "I was just dumbfounded. I was like, 'What are you talking about? Are you joking?'"

As today's groundbreaking attests, it was no joke.

Karen McKee had heard about a non-profit that helps find homes for severely disabled veterans. Karen is married to builder Frank McKee and after meeting the sergeant the decision to donate a house was easy.

Frank McKee/ McKee Group: "He was called to service, he answered the call. He did was he was asked to do. It's our job as Americans to do whatever it is we can to support people like that." Homes For Our Troops is McKee's non-profit partner in this project. It has 14 similar in the pipeline.

Kirt Rebello/Homes For Our Troops: "Guys like Pisey, when you meet them they're just wonderful people. They've sacrificed so much."

Frank McKee told Pisey he would have him in his new home by Christmas Day. So, after this morning's ceremonies, work began in earnest.

Christmas is just a little over three months away.

 
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