Double amputee veteran gets new home
PARKLAND, Fla. (WSVN) -- A local war hero with life-changing injuries received some much-needed help from an organization.
Staff Sergeant Brian Mast has no words to say thank you for the new home. "They don't make a Hallmark card that says, 'Thank you for the home that you are presenting to my family," said Mast.
The U.S. Army Reserves soldier nearly gave his life while fighting for his country. Mast was injured three years ago in Afghanistan on a mission. "I was specifically looking for a device on the ground that I thought, well, if I was a terrorist this is where I would probably place a device, and I stood up, took two steps forward, and I found what I was looking for," said Mast.
Mast's life changed forever. He lost both of his legs and was in the hospital for several weeks. Mast's wife Brianna will never forget the day they gave her the news. "They knocked on my door at 7 a.m., so it was quite a shock, but I knew, from day one, that he would be fine ... and he is," said Brianna.
Texas-based HelpingAHero.org has partnered with Standard Pacific Homes to build the Mast family a new home in Parkland. The organization held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday morning to commence construction.
Since Mast is a double amputee, the home will be built on special circumstances with larger doorways and hallways. "They do anything to prepare me for what makes life easier right now and what could make life easier 10-15 years from now," said Mast.
The Mast family's home is set to be ready next year, just in time for when the kids start school.
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