For Wounded Veteran, New Home a Gift of Independence - NBC Chicago

For Wounded Veteran, New Home a Gift of Independence

Volunteers & "Homes for our Troops" start on home for Plainfield's Frank Pierson



    Volunteers Build Wounded Vet a New Home

    It'll take about 60 days until Frank Pierson and his wife are ready to move into their new ADA-compliant home. (Published Friday, May 21, 2010)

    Iraq veteran and double-amputee Frank Pierson hasn’t had it easy since a projectile hit the vehicle he was driving in Baghdad, Iraq in March 2008. But he has a lot to look forward to.

    Construction began in Plainfield on Friday on a new home for Pierson and his wife, Arielle, that will make it easier for Pierson to get around. Having lost both his legs, Pierson is confined to a wheelchair.  The couple currently lives with Arielle’s mother in a house that makes it difficult for Frank to get from room to room.

    "Being independent is a huge thing," he said in an interview for Homes for our Troops, the organization that is sponsoring the construction. "I don’t like people helping me all the time. With a new house, it would limit that."

    The house is designed for Pierson and his chair. Some of its features include a waist-high stove in the kitchen, and a roll-in shower in the bathroom.

    Thanks to the hard work of dozens of volunteers, the house has already begun to take shape.

    “We’re grateful for his service and the sacrifice he’s made for all Americans,” volunteer Mark Hopman said.

    In the last six years, Homes for Our Troops has built nearly 60 homes for disabled vets, and has more projects underway.

    Volunteers will continue to build Pierson’s house all weekend, and the organization hopes to have the house finished in about 60 days.

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