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Builders start on wounded Army vet's home

3 years ago August 02, 2012 Aug 2, 2012 Thursday, August 02 2012 Thursday, August 02, 2012 4:02:07 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Olivia LaBorde

PRARIEVILLE- Builders started work today on a house for an army veteran wounded in Afghanistan.  The Prarieville home won't cost him a penny.

Corporal Jeffery Argrave says he needs a pinch to make sure this is real.

"This isn't me, this is like a paranormal dimension," Argrave said. "This like, should not being going on for me. I appreciate it so much."

Argrave was injured in an ambush during his second deployment to Afghanistan in May 2010.  He was confined to a wheelchair, and has only recently begun walking agian.

He explains, "When I went to duck, the round came through the back of my neck right here. And it just cut off every nerve ending from my C5 down."

The Capital Region Builders Association jumped at the chance to help him out when they were approached by a national non profit organization, Homes for Our Troops.  CRBA said they will build the home with an open floor plan to make Argrave's life a little easier.

"It's just a pleasure for us to do this for someone who's served his country and paid a cost," CRBA President Willie Martin said, "The cost of having a normal life."

If you'd like to know how you can pitch in on building Cpl. Argrave's house, call 225-769-7696 or visit the CRBA's website.

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