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Severely injured Iraq War veteran gets home makeover from Building Homes For Heroes

Posted by on Mar. 6, 2010 at 6:39 PM
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 The house on Enclave Drive in South Orlando looks just like any other suburban home, but hundreds of people gathered Saturday to begin the process of making it special.

The five-bedroom, three bathroom house is being renovated for William Castillo, a
U.S. Army veteran who was severely injured and lost a leg in 2007 in Iraq.

The renovation is a project sponsored by
Building Homes For Heroes a New York-based group that raises money to renovate homes that they then give — mortgage-free — to wounded veterans. The organization's leaders said they hope to build one or two houses in Florida each year. To date, they have rebuilt seven houses across the country.

"This is our effort to leave our imprint on their lives, one family at a time," said Building Homes for Heroes president Andy Pujol.

Castillo, 30, who now works for the
Department of Homeland Security, will share the home with his wife, Katherine, 29, and children Andrea, 10; Haley, 9; Ryan, 7, and Xavier, 14 months.

"They're making everything handicapped-accessible," Castillo said of the renovations, which will take an estimated six weeks.

Staffers from the
Ocoee fire and police departments were present to do much of the heavy work of demolition.

"When those individuals come back home and they're in situations like this, we take care of them," said George Roman, who is president of the Orange County Professional Firefighters union.

About 70 members of the union were present Saturday. They expect to continue to be a presence in the lives of the Castillo family, Roman said.

"We plan on coming down here and making his family's dinner," he said. "If he ever needs anything, we're just down the road."

The event was funded in part by local groups, including the Tijuana Flats restaurant chain and the
Windermere Country Club Foundation.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orange/os-homes-for-heroes-20100306,0,2578969.story

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by on Mar. 7, 2010 at 6:27 PM

People doing good things....This is a great story...

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