FALLBROOK – The national nonprofit organization Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) kicked off the building of a specially adapted home for Marine Lance Corporal Erik Galvan on Saturday, May 20. LCpl Galvan was injured while serving in Afghanistan.
The Community Kickoff event signified the start of the build process and introduced LCpl Galvan to the community. The event was held at Riverview Evangelical Free Church in Bonsall. The public was welcome to attend.
On June 15, 2011, 19-year-old LCpl Galvan was months into his first deployment in Afghanistan with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines as an infantryman when he was severely injured. While on patrol, LCpl Galvin lost both legs and his right hand in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion, his injuries requiring multiple surgeries at Walter Reed Medical Center and a two-year stay at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.
The home being built for LCpl Galvan will feature more than 40 major special adaptations such as widened doorways for wheelchair access, a roll-in shower, and kitchen amenities that include pull-down shelving and lowered countertops.
The home will also alleviate the mobility and safety issues associated with a traditional home, including navigating a wheelchair through narrow hallways or over thresholds, or reaching for cabinets that are too high. The community event sponsor for this home build is First Nation Group.
HFOT has built 355 homes since the organization’s inception in 2004. Homes For Our Troops relies on contributions from donors, supporters, and corporate partners for the building of each veteran’s home. Community members may hold fundraisers or make donations. To find out more on how to get involved or make a donation, visit http://www.hfotusa.org or call 866-787-6677.
Read more about LCpl Galvin’s story and watch his video at http://www.hfotusa.org/galvan.
Submitted by Homes For Our Troops.
Village News/David Landry photos