Home Depot Builds Ramp for Double Amputee LCPL Brandon Long

By Scott Sarvay

July 7, 2011 Updated Jul 7, 2011 at 12:47 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - A young Fort Wayne Marine who lost his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan will be able to come home without having to deal with an outside obstacle thanks to a local store.

Home Depot heard about LCPL Brandon Long's story and decided to donate the supplies and the labor to build him a ramp to help him get in his home.

Volunteers went to Brandon's house Thursday to help build the ramp that's needed for when he comes home from rehab at Walter Reed Medical Center near Washington.

Long knows about the project, but Home Depot didn't tell him every detail.

Home Depot Assistant Store Manager Bill Phares says, “We also added a few little surprises for him. He doesn't know we are going to light up his flag for him. He doesn't know we are putting up a light fixture over here, nor the landscaping. So this is all additional for him.”

Long will continue his rehab therapy at Walter Reed for about a year until he is medically cleared to live at home, full-time.

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