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Wounded Kansas veteran given new, accessible home

Published on -9/26/2013, 1:19 PM

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) -- A retired Marine sergeant who lost both legs in Afghanistan is getting a new, fully accessible home in Reno County.

James "Matt" Amos, who recently retired from the Marines, is getting the key to the home in a ceremony Saturday, The Hutchinson News reported (http://bit.ly/15wKmls ).

Amos lost both legs in an explosion in 2011 when he was on his third deployment to Afghanistan.

He applied for help from Homes for Our Troops, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization that coordinates development of homes for soldiers wounded since Sept. 11, 2001.

"You don't really think that you're going to be in a position to need that kind of help and you don't want to ask for the help, but when you get it, it's very touching," said his wife, Audrie Amos.

The home for the Amos family is the second home the organization has done in Kansas. In the program, companies and individuals donate money, materials and labor, and a federal grant provides up to $64,960. Homes for Our Troops makes sure that expenses above that amount are covered and the home is given at no cost the veteran.

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