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HFOT to kick off build of home for injured Marine

FALLBROOK – The national nonprofit organization Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) will kick off the building of a specially adapted home for Marine Private First Class Jesse Williamson on Saturday, Oct. 28, in Fallbrook. PFC Williamson was injured while serving in Afghanistan.

The Community Kickoff event signifies the start of the build process and will introduce PFC Williamson to the community. The event will be held at North Coast Church Fallbrook, 1375 S Mission Road, Fallbrook at 9 a.m. (Check-in at 8:30 a.m.) The public is welcome to attend.

On Aug. 6, 2009, during his first deployment, Private First Class Williamson, an Infantryman, was serving with the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Bakwa, Afghanistan. The blast launched PFC Williamson out of the vehicle, causing multiple injuries including severe damage to his legs and spinal fractures. After several surgeries to save his legs, Williamson decided to have doctors amputate both.

The home being built for PFC Williamson 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.

HFOT has built 369 homes since the organization's inception in 2004. HFOT 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

Read more about PFC Williamson at

Submitted by Homes For Our Troops.


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