Wounded veteran’s house trashed by teens: ‘This incident is disheartening’

A home is being built for a wounded war veteran in Massachusetts was vandalized by two teenagers.

Boston (25)

An Army veteran who lost his left arm and leg while serving in Iraq will have to wait a bit more for a house that was built especially for him, because two young people destroyed the house under construction, officials said.

The police in Hanson, Massachusetts said they responded to a report Monday of vandalism at the construction site of the future home of Paul Skarinka, who served as a corporal with the U.S. Army.

Officials said they found that 24 custom windows and three doors smashed, together with a number of pre-installed lighting. They estimate the damage to cost more than $50,000.

“This incident is discouraging,” Hanson police chief Michael Miksch said in a statement on Facebook. “When a veteran and his family, who have sacrificed so much for our country, become the victims of a senseless crime, it affects all of us.”

Skarinka told Boston 25 he was seriously injured after eight months on his first tour in Iraq in September 2004. His unit came under enemy fire while on a mission outside Baghdad when they were hit by a rocket-propelled grenade explosion.

He underwent 22 operations that the amputation of his left leg below the knee and partial amputation of his left arm. Now he is a firefighter, and the paramedic in Plympton.

The new property is financed by Jared Allen’s Home for Wounded Warriors, along with the New England Carpenters Training Fund, and Commodore Builders, the news station reported.

“Our house, we wanted a lot of windows, because we wanted the natural light and where the house was, it was so beautiful and it really is a beautiful lot on three acres,” Skarinka told Boston 25 on Wednesday. “One or two windows, that is a thing, but made an attempt and pretty much went out of your way to break every window that was in that house.”

Neighbors reported they spotted two teenagers in the area Saturday night. They were Later identified through surveillance video of the neighbors.

The teens were taken to the police station by their parents in the Monday night and the police said that the parents are fully cooperating with the investigation.

“The parents of the two young men are very friendly and respectful,” Miksch said in a later statement. “Their children are accused of doing something stupid that in the time that we hope to teach them a valuable lesson about the sacrifice.”

The two teenagers have been charged with vandalism and will appear in Plymouth juvenile court at a later date.

“Hopefully, the punishment that fits the crime,” Skarinka said. “That is a number of design there if you want to break all the windows. You have no respect for people’s property.”

Jared Allen Home Wounded soldiers told Boston 25 they have pushed back the date by about five weeks. If all goes well, the family hopes to celebrate Thanksgiving in their new home.

A fundraising campaign has been created to help raise extra funds for the house and Skarinka the family.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

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