Nonprofit organization builds custom home for Orlando veteran who lost his leg in Afghanistan

An Army sergeant who was severely injured during a deployment in Afghanistan is getting a new home.

On Saturday, the national nonprofit organization “Homes For Our Troops” started building a specially designed house for Sergeant James Klingensmith.


The sergeant lost his leg after his vehicle was hit by rocket-propelled grenades in Afghanistan.

Klingensmith lost his leg after his vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade while serving his third deployment in Afghanistan in 2009.

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His new home will be custom-built to his needs and will feature more than 40 major special adaptations such as widened doorways for wheelchair access, a roll-in shower, and kitchen amenities that include pull-down shelving and lowered countertops.

“Build them a home from the ground up, and these homes are about 2800 square feet, four-bedroom, two baths, and every single one of them come with more than 40 special adaptations designed specifically to restore the freedom and independence that they sacrificed for us.,” said Tom Lenwerme, president and CEO of Homes For Our Troops.

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Since 2004 the nonprofit has built homes for over 350 veterans in over 44 states.

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