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Double-amputee soldier receiving new home in Guntersville

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. -

A wounded warrior from Etowah County will soon return home, to a new home.

Army sergeant Corey Garmon lost his legs two years ago.  An improvised explosive device detonated and seriously wounded Garmon in July 2012, while he was deployed to Afghanistan. 

Doctors amputated his legs and he began walking with prosthetics a few months later.  He used a cane when he returned to Alabama in November 2012.  Sardis High School threw a large homecoming celebration for his arrival.

"My physical therapist was very tough on me, so she motivated me to leave the cane, and never be in the wheelchair.  Now that wheelchair is my Xbox chair," Garmon said.

The house design includes a "man cave" for him to play video games and watch sports.  He already hung a flag of his favorite college football team, the Florida Gators, in between two beams of the frame.

The builders are making the house handicap accessible, just in case he needs to use a wheelchair.

"Everything in that house will be completely ready for him in any situation," volunteer Mike Fitzgerald said.

"The tornado shelter that was donated, that is going in the garage, is going to be bigger than normal in case he has to turn that wheelchair around.  Everything's going to be remote control, the appliances custom-made because of his injury."

Many of the builders are firefighters from out of state who do projects like this to help other heroes.  The crew at the Guntersville build site this week included volunteers from Indiana, Oregon, Michigan, and Louisiana.

"We're doing this because he's a U.S. Soldier, and this U.S. Soldier sacrificed greatly, and there's no reason in the world why everybody shouldn't contribute so this kid can get a mortgage free house and doesn't have to worry about it the rest of his life.  We owe that to him," Fitzgerald said.

Garmon said it is amazing to see the out-of-state workers come together with his Alabama community to build the house for him, his wife Megan, and their six-month-old daughter Kylie.  He said it is unfortunate that many of his fellow soldiers do not receive the same welcome home.

"A lot of these guys coming back, whether they were wounded or not, are not getting support like I got," Garmon said.

"I had a roomful of guys, my family, Megan, friends, and then I had a hallway full of people.  A guy right beside me had nobody.  The only person checking on him was nurses and doctors and I can't stand that.  These guys laid down their lives, and to get back and not have anybody there?

"That's unfair."

He wants to help other veterans in any way he can.  Garmon will hit his terminal leave date on April 25 and officially retire from his "dream job" with the Army on June 11.

Garmon's family will celebrate the second anniversary of his survival of the explosion on July 11, and he hopes to move into the home before then.

He is now planning a career in the contracting business.

"Doing construction.  Just a little desk job and I'm excited about it.  It's a new challenge," he said.

Wednesday afternoon, while ABC 33/40 was at the house, a brick mason showed up and offered to do more than $10,000-thousand dollars worth of brick work for free.  If you would like to donate to the construction costs, visit the Corey Garmon foundation website.

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