FALLBROOK – Responding to a Volunteer Day invitation from the national nonprofit organization Homes For Our Troops (HFOT), nearly 100 people turned out June 24 to help landscape Marine Private First Class Isaac Blunt’s future specially-adapted custom home in Fallbrook.
The VFW hosted breakfast (and also helped with the landscaping) and shuttle buses transported volunteers from Christ the King Church to the work site, where sod was laid and bushes and flowers were planted in preparation for the veteran’s homecoming.
PFC Blunt will receive his home at a Key Ceremony July 15 at 10 a.m. Those interested in attending can find more information and register for the event at www.hfotusa.org/blunt.
The new home for PFC Blunt, who was severely injured in Afghanistan, has more than 40 adaptations, including lower countertops and roll under sinks.
On June 13, 2011, PFC Blunt, a rifleman with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, was on patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan, when he stepped on a pressure plate improvised explosive device (IED). The blast resulted in the loss of both his legs, his left eye, and several fingers on his left hand.
Now medically retired, Isaac plays wheelchair basketball on Balboa Medical Center’s team, Wolf Pack. He also trains to stay in shape for mountain climbing.
Homes For Our Troops relies on contributions from donors, supporters, and corporate partners for the building of each veteran’s home. Currently there are 89 HFOT home-build projects for injured veterans in various stages of completion nationwide. Community members may hold fundraisers or make donations. To find out more on how to get involved or make a donation visit www.hfotusa.org.
For six consecutive years, HFOT has received a 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency by Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator. The 4-star rating represents the highest one achievable by nonprofits.