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Wounded Veteran Receives Remodeled New Home In Martinez

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A wounded veteran from Augusta is moving into a new house thanks to some help from the community.

A Martinez home was remodeled for William Word, who lost his leg while serving in Afghanistan.

The house was altered to become completely wheelchair accessible.

“The hallway was widened, the doorways were widened, there’s a wheelchair ramp in the front door,” Word said. “There’s a wheelchair ramp in the backyard so I can get in and out of the house without worrying about snow, ice, rain, all that good stuff.”

A group of Vietnam Veterans initiated the team project completed by Habitat for Humanity, the Augusta Warrior Project and local volunteers.

Word says the project came as a surprise.

“I got a call from the Augusta Warrior Project. They said, ‘Hey Will, do you want a house?’ and I didn't’t even take him seriously at first. Then I asked him what the catch was, and I said ‘Yes, absolutely.’ Anybody that says no to that is just…foolish.”

The work took 3 years from start to finish.

Word moved into the house earlier this week with his girlfriend and five-year-old daughter.

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