Wounded Marine Has New Place to Live

By: Joe Harrington Email
By: Joe Harrington Email

SMITH VALLEY, NV - A wounded soldier and his family got a first look at their now finished new home Saturday.

The house is designed for wheel-chair access, with shelves that fold out, lower counters, wider doors.

"Just having the freedom in a wheelchair in here is pretty awesome it's a beautiful home," Marine Sgt. Dylan Gray said.

Sgt. Dylan Gray wears prosthetics when not using his wheelchair. The married father of three lost his legs to an anti-tank mine in Iraq. His sacrifice was an inspiration for the community to build a home for his family.

Construction on the Gray's home began in March.
The building effort was helmed by 'Homes for Our Troops,' but it was local contractors and professionals donating their time and skills that made the new home a reality.

"Know we had pride helping bring him to this day," one of the builders said.

Gray says he chose this site for his family's new home, in part because of the of the residents of Smith Valley, who are now his new neighbors. They cheered as he arrived at his new home on Jessica Way.

A key ceremony took place which included the raising of the flag outside Gray's new home.

The home was built at no cost to him.

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