WINDSOR, Colo. (CBS4) – A Colorado veteran severely injured overseas will be getting a brand new home in Windsor.
Marine Cpl. Jason Hallett walked through a line of fellow serviceman full of excitement of what was to come Saturday morning.
“Just super excited; I can’t explain it any other way, just ecstatic,” Hallett said.
Hallett’s journey to the present began four years ago when the then 20-year-old was one month into his first deployment in Afghanistan and he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) and lost both legs and his right arm. Since then he’s had countless surgeries and years of rehab.
But now he’s getting a little back thanks to Homes for Our Troops.
“I’m just really excited to be part of this project,” fellow Marine Jason Jones said.
Jones, now a Fort Collins builder, is working with Homes for Our Troops to build Hallett a custom home in Windsor.
“He’s got a roll in shower, automatic door openers, specially designed cabinets that will come down to his level,” Jones said.
“Right now I can’t really do that so I’m like jumping on the counter trying to get to things,” Hallett said.
Homes for Our Troops has built 166 specially adapted homes for injured vets like Hallett in its 10 years of existence.
As for Hallett, the timing couldn’t be better. He recently reunited with a past girlfriend, and in November the young couple got engaged.
“He got back and got in touch with me a year ago and it’s been history,” his fiancé said.
Both are excited to start their new life in a new home built just for them.
Hallett’s home is expected to be finished by the end of this year.
LINK: Homes for Our Troops