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Nonprofit builds home for wounded veteran

PARRISH, FL (BAY NEWS 9/CNN) – A wounded veteran received a new home after a non-profit and several volunteers came together for a great cause.

Retired Army Staff Sgt. Juan Roldan says as construction crews lifted the walls in place of his new home in Parrish, FL, it lifted his spirits.

"It's overwhelming," Roldan said. "It's definitely going to help my future and make things a lot easier for me and my family."

In 2006, Roldan's vehicle was struck by an explosive in Iraq, causing brain and spinal injuries including the amputation of both of his legs. He feared he would never live a normal life again and worried about caring for his 4-year-old daughter.

"Homes for Our Troops" stepped in and changed Roland's way of thinking. The non-profit group is building a new, specially-designed home for free.

"We can't wait for our government to help take care of the men and women," said Larry Gill. "There's enough people in the United States that truly love our men and women in uniform, and they want to say 'Thank you.'"

Several businesses and volunteers are showing their appreciation by swinging hammers and framing walls, a job they say they are honored to be a part of.

"Most importantly, it will be a place that my daughter can grow safely," Roldan said.

The house is expected to be done in three months. Roldan says he hopes to pay this favor forward and help other wounded soldiers in the future.

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