A New Home for a Wounded Warrior

By Max Resnik

July 23, 2011 Updated Jul 23, 2011 at 6:20 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Lance Corporal Brandon Long, who returned to Fort Wayne after rehabilitation from a tragic IED explosion that cost him both of his legs, could soon move into a brand new home thanks to the work of Homes for Wounded Warrior Program.

The program is still in its early stages but has already made great strides to supplant itself as an organization dedicated to providing quality housing to servicemen and servicewomen who have suffered injuries in the line of duty. Long will be the first recipient of a new home from the program. Another is in the works for a fellow veteran from Indianapolis. The program’s president, Markus Trouerbach, says Long’s home is just the start.

“We have a mission that we want to find wounded veterans all over the nation—we’re going to start in Indiana—that are trying to get back into life and that want to be able to focus on their families and their lives. We want to be able to let them to focus on that and not worrying about their home situation or their finances.”

Currently, close to $10,000 has been raised for Long’s future home, which will be outfitted with full wheelchair accessibility. Long’s mother Lisa is adamant about the chance for Brandon to be able to move safely throughout his future home.

“It would be really great to have a home and know that he doesn’t have to worry about how he’s going to go. Is this home going to be correct for me? Am I going to be able to reach my counters? Am I going to be able to go to the bathroom and take a shower like he has to worry here? It would be difficult for him to find a home that would be right for him, and I think this is just amazing.

The goal for Long’s home is $50,000 by September. Trouerbach hopes community members and local businesses donate to build Long his home.

Check out the link titled “Homes for Wounded Warriors” for more information as to how you might be able to help.

Long cannot thank the community enough for their support.

“Thank you. That’s all I could really say. I don’t know. I really like what people are willing to do for me even though they don’t know me.”

In addition to his new home, Long also wants to pursue a collegiate education and the possibility of starting his own machining business.

“Having the shop would be awesome because I’m trying to start a business. I’m trying to get my dad in on it, maybe my uncle, hopefully get somewhere with it. I’m going to go to school for business management, and I also want to go to college for welding.”

To see his journey during the past few months and for more information on Homes for Wounded Warriors Program, check out the related links posted above.

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