“Home is where the heart is,” but for one Plainfield family, the community is where the heart is. U.S Army Specialist Frank Pierson and his wife Arielle Carroll Pierson received the keys to a special new home recently.
The Pierson’s new home isn’t like any other, it was built to adapt to Spc. Pierson’s needs. Two years ago, he was left a double amputee after his vehicle came under attack in Baghdad, Iraq.
Homes for Our Troops, a national organization that builds for disabled veterans, completed the Pierson’s home. It’s the second home for a veteran the group has built in Illinois.
“People in America care,” said Chief Financial Officer of Homes for Our Troops, Tom Benoit.
They broke ground in April and more than a hundred volunteers contributed to make the dream come true. “They really want to reach out and help these veterans in some way,” said Benoit.
The new home was designed with Spc. Pierson’s needs in mind. There are cutout areas under the stove, pull down shelving in the kitchen, and other easy mechanisms to accommodate a wheelchair.
“It makes things a lot more livable,” said Spc. Pierson. “I don’t have to worry about getting from one chair to another chair or to get to places. It’s a lot easier.”
This move-in day was special in more than one way. The Pierson’s are high school sweethearts and they were married for less than a year when Spc. Pierson Frank was injured. He spent 19 months at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. Now this will be the first time the couple will be living on their own…together.
“We have been married for three years,” said wife Arielle Carroll-Pierson.
“It’s time we move on to the next step and we are really happy to have it.”
For the Pierson’s, one of the things they are looking forward to the most is utilizing their kitchen and cooking Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner for all their friends and family.
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