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Nominations open for wounded veteran home

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The Helping a Hero organization is building a new home for a wounded veteran in the Sandhills, but it is still unclear who that veteran will be.

In downtown Fayetteville Wednesday, the organization announced the veteran selection process is now open for nominations.

The home to be awarded will be custom built by McKee Homes in the Legacy Lakes Community in Aberdeen, NC. The design will be determined once the hero is selected so all physical adaptation needs of the wounded warrior can be met.

Veterans qualify if they need an adapted home built because of injuries from war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Retired Army Cpl. Robert Engelbrecht is one of those veterans. He lost a leg, and most of his vision during deployment in Iraq. He moved into his home provided by Helping a Hero about seven years ago. He lives in the Houston area near family.

"I was living in my parents' house," he said. "I had to actually hop up my parents stairs to get to my bedroom. It was a whole lot of weight off my shoulders once I got my home."

This home in Aberdeen will be the fifth home the Texas-based Helping a Hero organization has awarded in North Carolina.

The nomination period ends March 31st. More details about nominations and requirements can be found at www.helpingahero.org.

Brandon Herring

Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon. More>>

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