A paralympian Marine vet is endowed with a custom home

Ret. Marine Cpl. Luke McDermott home, tailor-made For Our Troops, will be completed in the summer of 2018.

(Home For Our Troops/Kaitlyn Meeks Photography)

Ret. Marine Cpl. Luke McDermott is currently in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in 2018 the Paralympic winter games. But when he comes home from the US with a gold medal in hand he will return to the land that one day his house.

Ret. Marine Cpl. Luke McDermott is currently active in Pyeongchang, South Korea, at the 2013 Paralympic winter games.

(Team USA)

That home, in his home in the state of New York, is courtesy of Home For Our Troops — a non-profit organization based in Massachusetts. The group, which “builds and donates specially adapted homes rural” for veterans who were “serious injury” in Iraq or Afghanistan after the attacks of September. 11, 2001, is in fact the key to “rebuilding their lives.”

“[Military veterans] are able to do so much more after the receive of the house,” Teresa Verity, of Home For Our Troops, told Fox News. She explained that with these custom-made houses, that they no longer have “to deal with the day-to-day stress.”

Rated “four stars” by Charity Navigator, Verity said the organization was established in 2004 with the mission to help in the reconstruction of the life of the veterans, which the worlds on his head from injuries suffered while serving in combat.


McDermott, 31, is one of the 250 veterans who had a house built for them by the group. During his second tour in Afghanistan in June 2010, McDermott was on a “routine patrol” with the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines when he was confronted with an improvised explosive device (IED) — “Everything is empty” — and ultimately ended up losing both legs.

McDermott, like other vets who have received homes, Home For Our Troops, had a request for the program in order to qualify for a housing grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

If the house is built, the organization maintains contact with the veterans and their families to ensure that everything at home runs smoothly, the Truth said. Home For Our Troops also works to maintain a relationship with their veterans to help them with their life in general.

“We consider each other family,” Verity said of the veterans they work with.

McDermott, who plays as a forward for Team USA’s sled hockey team, and represents America at the Paralymic Games, said that “it’s just unreal that there’s an organization out there that does this” for the veterans.

That golden feeling!! ? #TeamUSA #PyeongChang2018 #Champions

— Luke McDermott (@LukeMcD13) March 18, 2018

“The effect they have on my life, and that they already had on veterans’ lives, I mean, it is — there is no way to thank them and there is no way to accurately express through words what it means,” McDermott said, explaining that a custom house specifically adjusted just for his injuries “gives you all kinds of freedom that you’d never think of.”

“It is literally life-changing,” McDermott said. His home is expected to be completed this summer.

Luke McDermott, left, said the efforts of the House For Our Troops to build him a custom home, there are “literally life-changing.”

(OIS/IOC/Thomas Lovelock/handout via REUTERS)

McDermott on Sunday, together with his sledge hockey teammates, won gold in the Team USA the gold medal match against Canada, with a score of 2-1 in overtime. The big win is the US luge team, the fourth gold medal in Paralympic history.

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