A Marine Corps corporal who lost both of his legs to a makeshift bomb while serving in Afghanistan in 2010 has been given a specially fitted home in Uniontown.
The new home is being donated by Homes for Our Troops, a non-profit organization that builds specialized homes for disabled veterans. Construction on the home, built with donations from area families and businesses, including 84 Lumber, began last summer.
The homes, including the lot and new construction, usually cost between $300,000 and $400,000. The veterans who receive the homes carry no mortgage.
To date, the 10-year-old Massachusetts organization has built and given away more than 160 homes. The homes include special features — wider doorways, lower sinks and cabinets, extra-wide garages — to help injured veterans navigate their homes more easily.
Cpl. Rumbaugh, who served with the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, received a key to the home this morning during a ceremony at 510 Paul Court, Uniontown.
In a statement, he said, “words cannot express how grateful I am to Homes for Our Troops and those who support this amazing organization. I will be able to wake up in my own home every day and carry out my duties as a loyal American citizen.”
He is a 2007 graduate of Uniontown Area High School, and he said he is currently pursuing a business degree at Penn State.
On Nov. 29, 2010, Cpl. Rumbaugh had finished a patrol near his base in the Helmand Province when he heard an IED explosion. Rushing to aid a friend who had been injured in the blast, Cpl. Rumbaugh stepped on an IED, as well.
The blast severed his left leg and forced the amputation of his right.