Missouri CUs Raise $100,000 To Build Home For Wounded Soldier
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri credit unions have raised $100,000 to build house a wounded soldier as part of the Home for Our Troops program, which has built more than 50 specially adapted homes for severely injured service men and women across the country.
The recipient, Army Staff Sergeant Robert Canine, lost both legs below the knee while serving in Iraq. Canine is currently undergoing physical therapy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Construction on the specially adapted home began on April 9, 2010, with nearly 500 volunteers working at a three-day “Build Brigade” to bring the home from a concrete foundation to a weather-tight structure.
The Canine home is the first Homes for Our Troops house built in Missouri. Credit unions have committed to building a second home in Missouri, and fundraising efforts continue across the state.