Local Soldier Gets a New Home in Eaton Rapids

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With the help of the non-profit group "Homes for Our Troops" along with a community of supporters rallying behind him, local veteran Sg.t Aaron Jolly broke ground on his new home Saturday in Eaton Rapids, Mich.

Sgt. Aaron Jolly shakes hands following the groundbreaking of his new home in Eaton Rapids, Mich.

And for Jolly, it's not just a new home, but a new lease on life.

"I've been overwhelmed for the last week with it," Jolly said. "It was great to see the turnout that came and it's just great to see that I picked a community who really cars about our wounded soldiers."

Jolly was on his second deployment in Afghanistan when he was left paralyzed from the waist down from an IED explosion in 2011.

"My truck was the only one that got hit and it blew the truck 20 feet in the air," he said. "It was about 900 pounds of explosives that hit us."

Since then, Jolly has had a difficult time finding a new home that would fit his new needs now that he used a wheelchair.

That's where "Homes for Our Troops" comes in. The non-profit organization have been working to provide houses for soldiers returning home with serious injuries and disabilities since 2001.

Larry Gill, the veteran liaison with the organization said it's a way to help our most deserving soldiers.

"The nation loves these men and women that have been hurt and they genuinely want to come out and say thank you," Gill said. "If by building a new house and all of this community support makes them a little more comfortable in the aftermath of their injuries then it;s a job well done."

The organization teamed up with Mayberry Homes Builders to make the build possible.

It's a partnership Karen Schroeder, vice president of Mayberry Homes said was a no-brainer when they were asked to help build Aaron's home.

"He represents hundreds of thousands of injured vets and this is our way of giving back a little bit," she said. "We wouldn't be here today if it weren't for people like Aaron Jolly.

The home will come at no cost to Jolly.

The "Homes for Our Troops" organization has built 132 homes for injured veterans since 2001.

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