PARKER, Colo. (CBS4) – More than 400 volunteers worked hard in Parker over the weekend on the construction of a new home for a wounded American veteran.
Cpl. Nick Orchowski was paralyzed after a roadside ambush in Baghdad.
A non-profit organization called Homes for our Troops is helping Orchowski and his wife Jamie by donating the home to them. Homes For Our Troops builds free custom homes for veterans who have returned from war with life altering injuries. It’s estimated 32,000 Americans were injured in the Iraq War, which lasted nearly 9 years and ended at the end of last year.
Orchowski says the home will change his life. It includes roll-in showers, lower cabinets and a special pulley system for the bedroom.
“Homes for our troops is just an all American organization taking care of the guys coming back that are injured,” Orchowski said. “It makes our lives that much easier and secures our family’s future as well.”
Orchowski is hoping to move into the home next month.
About Homes For Our Troops
Homes For Our Troops is “strongly committed to helping those who have selflessly given to our country and have returned home with serious disabilities and injuries since Sept. 11, 2001.” The organization counts on donations of money, materials and services and also still needs volunteers to help complete Orchowski’s house. A special section of their website has information about Orchowski’s home.