Carl Moore sat in his wheelchair and stared at a small box on his living room shelf.
“That little, tiny hunk of metal changed my life completely,” he said. “It was a defining moment in my life.”
On June 4, 2013, Moore was shot while serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. Enemy fire sent a bullet through his left lung and out his T-10 vertebrae. He couldn’t feel his legs and had to crawl for help.
“I went to get up, pick myself up off the ground and I couldn’t move my legs,” he recalled. “That’s when I knew, ‘Uh oh. Things are pretty rough.’”
The Moore family moved to Florida to seek proper care for his spinal injury. Moore’s diagnosis, spastic paraplegia, requires him to live in a wheelchair.
That started to become a problem in their rental home.
“The doorways and stuff,” said Moore’s wife, Heather. “I think we’re ready to be settled and be in our forever home.”
Carl can’t maneuver through the home with ease. He heard about a non-profit organization called Homes For Our Troops from his doctor that change this life.
“They’re a great organization. They’ve been amazing through this whole thing,” said Heather. “It’s so great that we found them through the hospital. Not a lot of people know about them.”
Homes For Our Troops is a non-profit that builds mortgage-free, specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured Veterans Post – 9/11. The Moore family will be getting its free home mid-2018. The land has already been purchased in Land O’Lakes.
Finally, the home will fit the needs of the soldier who gave his all for his country.
It’s a good way for somebody to show that your time over there wasn’t for nothing,” said Carl. “That’s an amazing thing.”
Homes For Our Troops has built 225 adaptive homes for severely injured veterans since 2004 and currently has 80 home projects in the works. The average price for a soldiers home nationwide is $430,000 and 90 cents of every dollar raised by the organizations goes directly to veterans.