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Soldier Settles Into New Home, Shares Gratitude

A soldier from Chambersburg, who lost both his legs when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan, says he finally has a place to call home after two years of recovery and more than 25 surgeries.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. A soldier from Chambersburg, who lost both his legs when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan, says he finally has a place to call home after two years of recovery and more than 25 surgeries.

Just in time for the holidays, Zachary Stinson, his wife and his two-year-old daughter got to move into a new home built by "Homes For Our Troops."

At this time two years ago, he was just a month into his painful recovery.

"I remember the Christmas he got injured, in November, that Christmas his mom and I...just remember thinking we forgot Christmas was coming," said Zachary’s wife Tesa Stinson.

Also pregnant with their daughter Olivia at the time, the Stinsons say they were in survival mode for months.

"It was frustrating," said Zachary. "Every time that I would start making progress in one thing, I would have to go back in for a surgery and that basically cancelled out all the progress I had made. It was just constantly starting over and starting over."

Now, the Stinsons are starting over in a different way.

"It’s a great thing," said Stinson. "It’s a home, It's given us a place to settle down. We're decorating Olivia's room now, getting ready for Christmas, it's a great time."

The home has more than 150 features that help Zachary regain his independence. It features push buttons to open doors, low counters and light switches, a special shower, and bigger hallways.

"He can completely access everything, which is nice because now he has no reason not to do the dishes or cook, or take the trash out," said Tesa with a laugh.

It's a house Zachary and his family hope to call home for a lifetime— a place their resilience has afforded them.

"I learned real quick whenever I got blown up, at least I told myself that there's nothing I can do about this so it's either I just pity myself and die, or I can try to push through it," said Zachary.

Zachary and Tesa say they are so grateful for "Homes For Our Troops" and the Chambersburg community for making their home a reality.

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