CLASSY MOVES: Community Pulls Together to Help Vet Who Lost BOTH LEGS Build a Home


This is amazing to see. A community serving those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their freedoms. Bravo!

“It’s a huge blessing for me to be able to be here,” said Marine Corporal Garrett Carnes, when asked about the injuries he sustained in 2012 while serving in Afghanistan. “I see the injury as a blessing in disguise.”

Carnes lost both of his legs after stepping on an IED.

Carnes and his family are moving from Mooresville to Burlington next month. A few years ago they reached out to Homes For Our Troops, a privately funded nonprofit. The organization builds specially adapted, mortgage free homes for severely injured veterans of post 9/11. They rely on donations from donors to fund these homes, nationwide.

Carnes says he’s thankful for his acceptance into this program and looks forward to moving into his new Burlington home.

“It’s a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders,” Carnes said.

His upcoming home is handicap accessible, something he’s not use to in his current home.

“The hallways will be wide, the floors will be hardwood, it’ll be easy to roll across with the wheelchair with no effort. Everything will be in reach from the wheelchair,” Carnes said.

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