One moment in time changed the life of Marine Lance Corporal Randal Wright forever. On Dec. 8, Kuna residents will have the opportunity to say, ‘Thank you for your service—welcome home.’
Wright was left a triple amputee after stepping on an IED while securing a compound in Salaam Bazaar, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on May 7, 2010.
After a hospitalization that lasted more than ten months, the now 25-year-old Wright began a gradual return to a civilian life vastly different than the life he’d known before.
That’s where Homes for Our Troops stepped in. The Massachusetts-based, national non-profit organization assists severely injured veterans and their families by raising the money, building materials and professional labor necessary, not only to build a home that offers maximum freedom of movement and as much independent living as possible, but also provides the home to eligible veterans at no cost.
This past July, the organization, along with Cotner Building Company of Meridian and a host of other local contractors and volunteers, partnered to build Wright’s new home from the ground up. The interior was finished in the weeks and months that followed, and the landscaping went in this fall.
On Saturday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m., members of the community are invited to attend as Homes for Our Troops and Cotner Building present Wright with the keys to his new home at 36 South Marko Lane in Kuna.