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Injured Veteran and family get new home

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One eastern North Carolina family is overcoming a life-altering experience with a smile.

Marine Staff Sergeant Brad Lang spent his military career finding and getting rid of explosives. During his third deployment, he stepped on one, changing his family's life forever.

"That was rough time. He had gotten pneumonia that almost killed him. He would have survived the blast, but pneumonia almost took him a couple times," said Lang's wife Alyssa Lang

Though the physical recovery was difficult, Brad says adjusting to his new role at home was the hardest part.

"Watching her have to carry groceries and suitcases, and do all the heavy lifting, and stuff that wears on you as a man. It was really hard to watch her have to do that," said Brad Lang.

The Lang's say though it was devastating at first, they aren't going to let this negative circumstance define them as a family.

"Yeah I don't have legs, but I still have my brain, I still have my eyes, my hands, it's really not that bad, and we've gotten so much good out of it as family," said Brad Lang

"You learn a way to deal with it and you overcome it, and become better as a family; or, you let it define you and you let it destroy you. We came to an agreement very early on that Brad's injury wasn't going to define us and destroy our marriage," said Alyssa Lang.

On Saturday, Home for Troops presented the Lang's with the keys to their new custom-built.

The non-profit organization, give adaptable homes to seriously wounded veterans throughout the country. The organization, 70 West Builders, and dozens of volunteers helped build the home.

The home has several features like these push to open doors, remote controlled toilets, and lowered cabinets and appliances.

For the Lang's this home gives brad and his family back the freedom brad fought to protect.

" This is stability, this a place to put down our roots, this is knowing that if I need to not work and stay home and be a full-time caregiver I can. This is knowing that I don't have to worry about is the roof going to fall in, can Brad get down the hallways? Do I need to remodel, this is the last move we'll ever make," said Alyssa Lang.

"To be able to live in a house that is accessible. I don't know what it's going to feel like, I know that the amount of time that I've spent here in my wheelchair, has just been awesome"


The Lang's say though it's rough, they hope to be a positive example for other military families.

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