Wounded veteran receives key to new adaptable home
Mon, 08 Jun 2015 23:11:44 GMT —
A Mason County Veteran of the War in Afghanistan was welcomed to his new home near Ludington on Monday afternoon.
Retired Sgt. Eric Lund lost both of his arms after an IED explosion hit his convoy in 2012.
Ericâ??s mother, Laura Lund, says the last three years have included both blessings and heartache. She says one of those blessing is the new adaptable home for Eric.
â??Independence, a place to live, a place to call his home,â?? said Lund. â??A place to have some peace from the day where heâ??s not noticed you know?â??
It was an emotional day as Eric was presented the key to his new home, where hundreds of community members, veterans, state leaders, friends and family gathered to support him.
His mom says itâ??s been a journey that he has remained strong throughout.
â??I didnâ??t know that Eric was as strong as he was,â?? said Lund. â??I didnâ??t know he could go through what he went through without throwing a tantrum and going, â??why me?â?? And he never did. He was a soldier all the way through this experience.â??
His new home was made possible by Helping a Hero and dozens of community members. It features things like special door handles, cabinets, a hands free shower, and special voice control technology.
â??All the things that are critical for it to enable him to live here,â?? said Meredith Iler.
Kelly Burwell and her husband decorated Ericâ??s special office space in the home.
â??One of the things you donâ??t want is you donâ??t want it to be a museum of the past, but you want it to be an encouragement to whatâ??s already happened,â?? said Burwell.
Inside are pictures, his combat boots, a display for his two Purple Hearts, and surfboard with a very special message on itâ?¦
â??You canâ??t always stop the waves but you can learn how to surf,â?? smiled Burwell. â??And heâ??s done that so heâ??s already heading into the future.â??
â??I feel grateful,â?? said Eric. â??Itâ??s a bit overwhelming and Iâ??m exhausted.
Eric is next on the list at Johns Hopkins University for a double arm transplant. Heâ??s currently awaiting a tissue match.
This is the first house from Helping A Hero to be built for a retired soldier in Michigan. Eric and his family hope the trend continues.