Veteran gifted adapted home after life-changing explosion

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WINDSOR, Colo. -- More than four years after a life-changing explosion that took both his legs and right arm, a retired Marine Corporal was handed the keys to his brand new specially adapted home in Windsor.

In just a matter of months, Corporal Jason Hallet’s life has changed dramatically. "I had no idea how great it would be to come back to Colorado, and, it's definitely been amazing. I can't thank you guys enough,” he said to a crowd in front of his new home.

When we first met him in June 2014, he and his then-fiancée were breaking ground on their home in Windsor.  "It's been over a two year process," she said. Fast forward a few months and now they’re married and the proud owners of a mortgage-free specially adapted house.

Corporal Hallet said, "For like the kitchen, usually I have to climb on the counter to get a bowl out or a plate out, but the cabinets here, they actually pull down and they'll lock down to where I can pull stuff out,” he added, "Everything is to where I can get it in the chair or in the legs."

He was one month into his deployment in Afghanistan in 2010 when he lost both legs and his right arm after stepping on an IED.

Bill Ivey, the Executive Director of Homes For Our Troops said,  "He's not allowed those injuries to redefine who he is. He's gotten on with his life."

Homes for Our Troops is a non-profit that builds fully accessible homes for veterans with severe injuries. It began in 2004 and has since built 181 homes, including the Hallett’s.

With more than 40 special adaptions, Corporal Hallett said, “Now we have a place we can call home."

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