Non-profit Helps Injured Veteran Break Ground on New Home

By Brett Martin |

Published 07/27 2014 05:34PM

Updated 07/27 2014 10:48PM

GREENFIELD, Mo. -- in an open field in Dade County sits Hurt's Hill, but instead of wheat, the grass is cut down and American flags blow in the wind.

Sunday, Sergeant Derick Hurt and his family are paid back for the price he paid for our country.

"Then we went to Mosul and that's where we kind of made our base for about six months," says retired U.S. Army Sergeant Derick Hurt.

After a few months in Iraq, his life changed forever after an ambush.

"One of the grenades landed between my feet and it blew up and took my right leg off immediately and messed up my left leg pretty severely."

Today, he’s an Iraqi war veteran trying to live a normal life, missing both of his legs.

"I tried to do little adjustments like this ramp here in our house, but just being able to get around in our house is tough."

Hurt was chosen by, a non profit organization, to receive a new house designed for his family.

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt broke ground with the Hurt family on their new four bedroom home. He says its important to have organizations paying back to veterans.

"We shouldn't think that just because they came back is enough to repay what they've done for us," says Blunt.

Especially with the issues surrounding the Veterans Administration at the nation's Capitol.

"I'd like to see us have a lot more choices for our veterans and let the veterans decide where is the best place for them to get their healthcare."

Hurt says, 14 years ago in the middle of an intersection in Iraq, he thought he would die.

"I just thought, this is it. I'm going to die right here in Iraq. I could hear gun firing and some more grenades or RPGs going off, and I didn't think I was going to make it."

Today, he is starting the next chapter for he, his wife, Stefanie and daughter, Isabella, and maybe more to come.

"One of these days, in time."

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