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Sgt. Joshua Bouchard Gets Finally Gets Key to His Own Home

photo(68)   GRANBY, Mass. (WGGB) –For one marine, today is literally a homecoming. Marine Corps Sergeant Joshua Bouchard lost his left leg and broke his back after an IED exploded in Afghanistan nearly 4 years ago.  Today, he was able to get  into his new home. “From the depths of my heart, I sincerely thank you, I’m honored, and it’s a blessing to receive a gift of this magnitude. I just wish we could just keep thing going for the next guy,” Bouchard said, fighting back tears.

Thanks to Homes for Troops, Sgt. Bouchard finally snipped the ribbon on his own place.

It was a project more than 2 years in the making, where this past spring, volunteer crews descended on the Granby lot to put up the frames. The non-profit organization builds specially adapted houses for severely injured veterans, at no cost to them. “What’s going through my mind right now? Joy. Completely overwhelmed with joy that this is finally, the big moment, me getting my key is finally here,” he smiled.

Hundreds who donated their time and energy got to tour Josh’s new home. Those he knew, “He’s a humble individual, but you can tell this is a very exciting day for him,” said Kevin Conant, Site Commander at Westover Air Reserve Base.

As well as total strangers who merely heard his story, and wanted to meet him. “It’s amazing to see this come together and when I met josh, I knew why I was doing it,” Volunteer Karen A. said.

In fact, when it came down to Homes for Troops choosing Josh his personality spoke for itself. “When we got to know Josh, and found out he wants to just do things for others. So we are so proud to even know somebody like Josh,” Dawn Texiera, the organization’s Executive Director.

Their relationship doesn’t end today. Josh still wants to pay it forward to the next wounded warrior. “Hell yeah. I would absolutely help out. I’d be a guest speaker,” he exclaimed.

Josh hopes to be all moved in by the time the weekend is up. One of the rooms in his house will be a sound room, because he’s also a DJ. The first meal he plans to cook in his new kitchen is brisket.

Homes for Troops is able to fund the construction of these houses with the help of national sponsors that donate products, financial partners and individuals who donate funding, and local construction companies that donate their time.

Nationally, the average cost of the homes they build is $400,000.

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