Kicking Off Building of Home for Injured MarineDec 10, 2020 12:00AM ● By By Teresa Franco Verity, Homes For Our Troops
Marine Chief Warrant Officer 3 David Field. Photo: Homes for Our Troops
ORANGEVALE, CA (MPG) – The national nonprofit organization, Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) will kick off the building of a specially adapted home for Marine Chief Warrant Officer 3 David Field on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020 at 12:00 PST.
The Community Kickoff event signifies the start of the build process and will introduce CWO3 Field to the community. The event will be held virtually on Zoom. The public is invited to log on to meet David, learn about Homes For Our Troops, and get a sneak preview of the site for his home in Orangevale, California. Those interested in attending must RSVP to receive the Zoom link at www.hfotusa.org/field.
Marine Chief Warrant Officer 3 David Field first experienced combat as a mechanic with the 8th Transportation Battalion during Desert Storm in 1991. He returned to the Middle East in 2003 during the initial invasion of Iraq with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267 (HMLA-267), and again in 2009 to Afghanistan with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 (HMLA-367).
After serving with the Marines for 22 years, David retired in 2013. Two years later, he started experiencing mobility issues. In 2017, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The VA determined that David’s disease is service connected.
The home being built for David will feature more than 40 major special adaptations such as widened doorways for wheelchair access, a roll-in shower, and kitchen amenities that include pull-down shelving and lowered countertops. The home will also alleviate the mobility and safety issues associated with a traditional home, including navigating a wheelchair through narrow hallways or over thresholds, or reaching for cabinets that are too high.
HFOT has built over 310 homes since the organization’s inception in 2004. Homes For Our Troops relies on contributions from donors, supporters, and corporate partners for the building of each Veteran’s home. Community members may hold fundraisers or make donations. To find out more on how to get involved or make a donation visit www.hfotusa.org.
Read more about David’s story at www.hfotusa.org/field.
About Homes For Our Troops (HFOT): Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) is a publicly funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide to severely injured post-9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives. Most of these Veterans have sustained life-altering injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our Veterans sacrificed while defending our country, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives. HFOT builds these homes where the Veteran chooses to live, and continues its relationship with the Veterans after home delivery to assist them with rebuilding their lives. Since its inception in 2004, nearly 90 cents of every dollar spent has gone directly to our program services supporting Veterans. For more information, visit www.hfotusa.org.