Homes for Our Troops to break ground on home for severely injured Soldier

Jun 23, 2014, 09:56 ET from Homes for Our Troops

HOPKINTON, N.H., June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The national nonprofit, Homes for Our Troops ( will kick off the building of a specially adapted home on Saturday, June 28, for Army Staff Sergeant Matthew DeWitt. The Groundbreaking Ceremony is an introductory event to welcome SSG DeWitt and his family to the community and celebrate the building of his new home. The event takes place at Jewett/Moss Road, Hopkinton, NH at 11:00 a.m. The public is welcome to attend.

SSG DeWitt lost both arms and sustained damage to his face and eardrums in a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) attack while deployed to Iraq in July 2003.

The home will be provided to SSG DeWitt mortgage-free by Homes for Our Troops and its supporters, donors and sponsors. The building of SSG DeWitt's specially adapted home and HFOT will be the subject of a three-part series on This Old House on PBS (check or your local listings). 

Speakers at the event include Kevin O'Connor, the host of This Old House, HFOT Chairman of the Board Gen. Richard Cody and HFOT Home Recipient Kevin Dubois.

An avid gardener and cyclist, SSG DeWitt looks forward to having a home equipped to his needs where he can focus on his recovery and spend time with his fiancée Catrina and their two young sons.

"This home is not charity," says Tim McHale, President /CEO of Homes for Our Troops. "We believe it is our moral obligation to return freedom and independence to heroes like SSG DeWitt by building them a specially adapted home."

WHAT:    Groundbreaking Ceremony for SSG Matthew DeWitt

WHEN:    Saturday, June 28, 2014, at 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:  Lot located on Jewett/Moss Road, Hopkinton, NH

Read more about SSG DeWitt at

About Homes for Our Troops: Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2004 that is strongly committed to building specially adapted homes for Servicemembers nationwide who have returned home with life-altering injuries post 9/11. HFOT serves the nation's most severely injured Veterans, including those with missing limbs, varying levels of paralysis and traumatic brain injury (TBI). HFOT assists these Veterans and their families by raising money, and providing building materials and professional labor to coordinate the construction of a home that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently. These homes are provided mortgage-free to the Veterans we serve.

This Old House is produced by This Old House Productions, Inc., for This Old House Ventures, Inc., and is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston.  Executive Producer is Deborah Hood. Director is Thomas Draudt. Producer is Jo Sagar. Series creator is Russell Morash. This Old House is the No. 1 multimedia home enthusiast brand, offering trusted information and expert advice through award-winning television, a highly regarded magazine and an information-driven website. This Old House Ventures, Inc., is owned by Time Inc.

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SOURCE Homes for Our Troops