MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Wounded Marine Corporal Christopher Montgomery received the keys to his new house Sunday, July 14.
It was a patriotic ceremony attended by family members, dignitaries and veterans.
Dozens of Patriot Guard riders led a procession from the Seven Hills Fire Station in West Mobile to the newest home on Hamilton Oaks Lane.
"It makes you feel good to help a fellow marine or anyone that's give as much as they have. This is just a little small token is what we're doing," Patriot Guard Rider Gwyn Howard said.
The house was built by dedicated volunteers with Homes for our Troops. Larry Gill says there's no one more deserving than the wounded soldiers who receive the homes.
"All the men and women we've built for these wounded troops. They are the epitome of what good spirit is all about. They don't get down on themselves. In fact, instead of disabled I call them enabled," Larry Gill said.
Gill is the Veterans Liaison for Homes for Our Troops.
And no one is more appreciate than Corporal Christopher Montgomery.
"So many people to thank and words just don't do it justice. A lot of of people don't understand how things are different. When I go to my dad's house. I can't go to the bathroom. I've go to get out of my wheelchair," Montgomery said.
Corporal Montgomery lost both his legs and severely injured his left arm in an IED blast in Afghanistan in December 2010.
Montgomery cut the ribbon on the house and received the keys, along with the keys to the City.
The home features an open floor plan, which includes wider doorways and hallways, a fully adapted kitchen and customized bathroom.
Montgomery says the home is part of the ongoing support he's received from family, friends and even strangers since his devastating injury.
"Support, people you wouldn't believe the amount of letters I got in the hospital. I woke up and I seriously thought I was a rock star, I got bags upon bags of letters every day. My family was by my side for months on end. Without them there's no way I could do what I do," Montgomery said.
Homes for our troops is a national non-profit organization dedicated to building specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans.
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