Marine Sgt. Marshall Kennedy underwent 35 surgeries after an explosion overseas, and the organization Homes For Our Troops is building a home designed for his needs.
The hallways and doorways will be wider so his wheelchair can move around easily. The framing of his new home is almost complete and there’s a large sign at the front announcing the project.
“When I first got injured, you never expect people like this,” Kennedy said.
Homes For Our Troops is a national non-profit organization that builds houses for wounded veterans who give so much to this country. Marshall, his wife and two boys Caleb, 3, and Ethan, 5, stopped by Sunday to check on the progress.
“It’s a great feeling,” Kennedy said. “It’s going to be better for us to have this very nice house, it’s going to be a well-built home and it’s going to stand the test of time.”
Marshall’s life changed on June 13, 2011 in Sangin, Afghanistan. He stepped on an IED, an improvised explosive device.
He lost his left leg below the knee, right leg above the knee, and suffered lacerations on his left arm, a shoulder injury as well as internal injuries. Still, Kennedy considers himself lucky.
“There are plenty of Marines and soldiers who have it a lot worse than I have it,” Kennedy said. “I’m still blessed to have two out of four limbs, maybe one isn’t that great, but I still have a knee and I still have both arms.”
Marshall’s master bedroom will have a wheelchair accessible exit in case of an emergency. His wife, Chelsie, said the house will have accommodations that will make a difference in their lives.
“Now he really can’t get into the boys’ bathroom or it’s a really tight squeeze into their bedroom so I have to get up, put the boys to bed and stuff like that,” Chelsie Kennedy said. “He’ll be able to do more with the boys. If he can’t be in his legs, it’s no big deal because he can get around everywhere.”
The Kennedys have been welcomed by many of their soon-to-be neighbors.
Even after all the hardships, Marshall stays positive and smiles at life.
“He blessed me with being alive, watch my boys grow up and be with my beautiful wife and plus now we get to have this awesome home, that’s all I ask for,” Kennedy said.
The house is expected to be finished by mid-year.