“You are not just giving me a shower I can get into, or a kitchen I can use,” said SSG Alejandro Jauregui, “You’ve brought me home.”
These heartfelt words echoed with emotions as SSG Jauregui received the keys to his mortgage-free home, recently built outside of Woodland with the help of Homes for Our Troops, on Saturday, March 14, 2015.
Hundreds attended as Jauregui, and his family and friends arrived in a UH-1H Huey provided by the 25th Infantry Division.
A giant American flag proudly waved over Jauregui’s home as attendees gathered for a brief ceremony where Gina Colon of the Home for Our Troops Organization thanked the numerous of individuals involved with the project.
Shortly after the ceremony, SSG Jauregui ceremoniously lowered the Homes for Our Troops Flag from the homes flagpole and raised the American Flag.
SSG Jauregui and his family cut the ribbon at the front door and received the key to his new home.
HFOT is a non-profit organization that is committed to building adapted homes for service members who’ve returned home with life-altering injuries post 9/11.
The organization raises money and provides building materials and professional labor to coordinate the construction of a home that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently, and mortgage-free.
In April of 2012, Army SSG Alex Jauregui lost both legs, the hearing in both ears and suffered extensive injuries to his right hand and forearm when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) in Sangsar, Afghanistan.
Today, Jauregui is an inspiration to many; proving that anyone could overcome his or her disability if he or she put their minds to it.