Wounded Marine gets new house in eastern Missouri

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by Sarah Heath

AP

Posted on December 24, 2012 at 5:27 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 24 at 7:38 AM

STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri Marine who lost his legs and left arm in Afghanistan about two years ago has moved into a new home in eastern Missouri built just for him.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Cpl. Justin McCloud moved into the four-bedroom ranch in Ste. Genevieve County on Saturday. It’s the second house built in Missouri by a group called Homes for Our Troops.

Larry Gill, the group’s veterans’ liaison, says the organization has finished 117 homes for severely wounded veterans since 2005.

McLoud, a 2006 Hillsboro High School graduate, was the last of seven veterans who received keys to their new homes in the run-up to Christmas.

A $100,000 donation raised by Missouri credit unions helped build McLoud’s house, along with hundreds of volunteers and donations from other businesses.

 

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