Homes for Our Troops to Host Two-Day Build Brigade to Start New Home in Queen Anne for Severely Injured Veteran

Nov 12, 2012, 09:00 ET from Homes for Our Troops

QUEEN ANNE, Md., Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Homes for Our Troops (, a national non-profit organization dedicated to building specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans, will hold a two-day Build Brigade in Queen Anne, MD on November 16-17, to begin construction of a home for Marine Sergeant Christopher Santiago.

The Build Brigade begins with a ceremony Friday, November 16 at 8:30 a.m. Following the opening event, the first wall will be put in place, signifying the official start of construction. Weekend activity is expected to include framing, siding, and roofing along with installation of windows and doors. Interior and finishing work will be completed in the following months. The home will provide Santiago with maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently.

Santiago was on his third deployment when he lost both of his legs and severely injured his left arm and hand when he stepped on an IED while serving in Iraq on September 16, 2006. He looks forward to recovering in a home built to accommodate his needs, providing him with more freedom and independence.  

"There are rooms in my current home that while in my wheelchair I simply cannot go into," said Santiago. "Assistance from Homes for Our Troops will change that completely and allow me to do more in my wheelchair and alleviate many of my daily pains that I experience. I will be comfortable in my own home again."

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WHO: Marine Sergeant Christopher Santiago
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WHEN: Build Brigade Kick-Off Ceremony: 8:30 a.m., Friday, November 16, 2012
Continuing Saturday, November 17, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

WHERE: 204 Three Pines Road, Queen Anne, MD 21657

About Homes for Our Troops: Homes for Our Troops is a national non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Taunton, Mass., founded in 2004. Homes for Our Troops' mission is to build specially adapted homes for service members who have been severely injured in combat operations since September 11, 2001. All homes are built at no cost to the veteran through the generous support of individuals, foundations, and corporate contributors. Homes for Our Troops has received a Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator.

SOURCE Homes for Our Troops