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HOME AT LAST 2012

A special project by the West Orange Habitat for Humanity

West Orange Habitat for Humanity is proud to announce the undertaking of “Home At Last 2012″ – building a home for another disabled veteran and his family.

This is a unique effort to honor a combat-wounded veteran of the present military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. This family is the Voels – Jeremy(23), Ashley(22), son Kaydon(2) and daughter Charleigh(1). United States Army Corporal Jeremy Daniel Voels comes from a military family. His dad retired from the Navy and his stepdad is on active duty with the Army in Afghanistan.  Jeremy joined the Army in 2009 and was deployed to Afghanistan’s East Kunar Province in July of 2010 and was shot in the back by a sniper on September 15, 2010. The bullet shattered the L3 backbone vertebrae, damaged his spinal cord and went through his body exiting the right side of his chest. The shattered bones shredded his intestines, damaged many internal organs and tore an artery. He was evacuated to FOB Wright and transported to the Army hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, and then to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He has had 30 or so surgeries on his back, to remove his gall bladder and parts of his intestines, to repair abrasions on most of his abdominal organs and a skin grafting to close the hole in his abdomen.  Jeremy is paralyzed from the waist down and is scheduled for more surgeries in April 2012 to remove the abdominal skin graft that would enable the abdominal wall and stomach muscles to come together and possibly give him more trunk control.

Jeremy was born in Chesapeake, Virginia, grew up on military bases in Virginia, California, Mississippi, New York and Connecticut. Jeremy and Ashley married in 2009 and were initially stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Ashley has been by Jeremy’s side in Germany, Walter Reed and at the Spinal Injury Center in Tampa. It has been a tough battle for Jeremy and Ashley. Many, many times the doctors thought that they would lose Jeremy. However, he has survived by his determination and stubbornness to live, and his desire to take care of his family. Central Florida is where they wish to make their home when Jeremy is released from the hospitals. A “disability friendly” Habitat home will be built for them in southwest Orange County.

This special project is the fifth of its kind in Florida, and to succeed it needs the support of local citizens, clubs, corporations, businesses, churches, civic groups and organizations. If you have been wanting “to do something” for our troops but haven’t figured out exactly what that “to do” is, you need look no further, for this is it! This is a way to honor our troops who have sacrificed so much to ensure our freedom and liberty.

Checks or money orders should be made payable to West Orange Habitat for Humanity and mailed to: P.O. Box 38, Oakland, FL 34760. Please be sure to indicate your contribution is for “Home at Last 2012.” We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and donations are tax deductible. All donations will be acknowledged with a receipt. Please direct your comments and/or questions to the project chairman Bill Criswell by phone at 407-876-2472 or by email: wccriswell@earthlink.net.

Thank you for your support!!

God Bless Our Troops and Keep Them Safe