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Mid-Michigan Veteran Gets New Home

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EATON RAPIDS, MICH. (WLNS) -

Aaron Jolly can't wait to start his new life in his new home.

"It's been amazing, its actually been a life saver," said Jolly, an army sergeant.

Jolly was injured two years ago during a tour in Afghanistan and is now confined a wheel chair. Since he's been back, finding a home that fits his needs hasn't been easy.

"People that live in handicap accessible houses say it is because there's a ramp to get into the door. But once you get in, it's a whole different story," Jolly said.

Now a non-profit organization called "Homes for Our Troops" is working with builders from Mayberry Homes to create a custom house for him.

"They're going to make this house accessible to what I need," Jolly said. "And that's the amazing part about it,"

The house cost roughly 270 thousand dollars to build alone but the contractors aren't the generous ones.

"Thousands of vets that have given their lives, their limbs to protect us," said Karen Schroeder, vice president of Mayberry homes. "We wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for them."

This home built for Jolly is just one of dozens of homes built for vets every year.

And those involved with the program say the homes give them more than a place to live.

"They're not used to asking for stuff. So to have a house, that's totally accessible to them," said Larry Gill,  veteran liaison with homes for our troops. "It kind of renews their sense of independence and their self worth."

But even with this major gift, Jolly stays humble and doesn't forget about his fellow solider's.

"I don't look at myself as being a hero," said Jolly. "To me the real heroes are the ones that never made it home."

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