One of the problems soldiers returning from war face is finding a home. Soldiers with disabilities face an even more difficult hunt for housing. Individuals and organizations are trying to help these soldiers.
Michelle Senatore of Wheaton, Illinois has raised enough money to give one soldier a home for free. The soldier is Sgt. Joel Gomez and he was injured in Iraq. He’s paralyzed from the neck down. Gomez currently lives in an apartment which is in no way fit for his wheelchair. The Veterans Administration has done what they can but with so many soldiers in need and lack of funding, they can’t do much about the situation. They have a program which includes a $50,000 housing grant, but Gomez needed a special house that could handle his wheelchair and other special needs.
Michelle Senatore met Gomez a few months ago. She felt she should do something to ease his plight. She needed to come up with $500,000 to build a home adapted to his special needs. With community backing, she pulled it off.
Then there is the group in Massachusetts, Homes for Troops, which is also trying to fill the void left by the Veterans Adminstration and the government. They’ve already built five homes for injured soldiers. This is a small dent. They expect that hundreds more will need to be built as their are so many in need at this time.
Without people like Senatore or organizations like Homes for Troops, those who have put their lives on the line for this country, but came back severely injured, would not even have a place to live.