Local War Veteran Gets a New Home

LEBANON, Mo. -- An injured war veteran from the Ozarks has a new place to call home after an organization called HelpingAHero.org gave a house to Specialist Stephen Marcum of Lebanon.

Specialist Marcum received multiple injuries after he was caught in an explosion while serving our country in Afghanistan.Now, this hero is getting a big thank-you for all he's done for us.

"I really don't consider myself a hero," says Marcum.

He was in Afghanistan for just three months when his group was ambushed.

"They waited for the first two trucks to go across and they decided to take my truck out," says Marcum.

His wife Mary received that devastating phone call.

"I remember asking them over and over if he was alive and they couldn't tell me," she says.

"The next thing I remembered was waking up in the hospital bed," says Marcum.

"Because of his traumatic brain injury, even though he's not in a wheelchair, his mental capacity has been diminished," says Meredith Iler, the founder of HelpingAHero.org.

 Iler says a committee reviews all applications and specialist Marcum's stood out.

"Specialist Stephen Marcum has an amazing track record of leadership and of sacrifice," said Iler.  "He isn't able to have a job and isn't able to pursue things that would enable him to live completely independently."

"I've met and I know a lot of people that are worse off than me, so I consider myself one of the lucky ones," says Marcum. "I can understand from the civilian side, but I think a lot of us that have been hurt, we think of the heroes as our guys that didn't make it back."

Specialist Marcum says he's humbled and honored to have been given a home to start a new life with his family.

"It does feel good to have a home finally. I couldn't ask for a better house," says Marcum.

HelpingAHero.org is the second largest national charity building homes for wounded warriors and has awarded 90 homes in 21 states.

Most of the funding comes from the generosity of individuals.

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