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Injured Marine gets new home

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By Dana Griffin

dgriffin@abc6.com

 

BURRILLVILLE, RI- It was a welcome home that was hard to miss on Sherman Farm Road in Burrillville.

As 57 American flags line the driveway, Corporal Kevin Dubois is overcome with emotion as he's handed the key to his brand new home.

"Not much I can say besides thank you," said Dubois.

With the help of volunteers and sponsors, Homes for Our Troops has built 158 homes across the country; this being the first in Rhode Island.

Dubois said, "Everything in this house is going to be perfect for me to be able to use."

Homes for Our Troops, President and CEO, Tim McHale said, "All our homes for our troops have 155 special accessible features, from wider doors, wider hallways, power doors, roll under sinks."

Dubois' grandmother Pauline said, "I think they're extremely, extremely lucky and I thank him for everything that he's been doing."

Dubois was severely injured in 2011 during his 2nd deployment in Afghanistan while helping another Marine injured by an IED.

As Dubois was clearing a path for the medical helicopter, he too triggered an IED, ultimately losing both legs at the hip.

"I woke up in the hospital with my wife sitting there, telling me I had no legs, and it was tough. And I imagine it's even tougher trying to tell someone that they have no legs," said Dubois.

Today, after two years things won't be so tough for the Dubois family.

They now have a mortgage–free home and a son due in February.

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