An Iraq War veteran permanently disabled in a 2008 attack will soon receive the keys to a Corona home that was custom-designed to accommodate his needs.
A ceremony is planned Saturday for U.S. Army Sgt. David Mayer, who lost both of his legs when his unit was attacked with roadside explosives detonated by Iraqi insurgents on March 14, 2008.
Mayer was on his second tour of duty, patrolling the area around Al-Hillah, just south of Baghdad, at the time, according to Taunton, Mass.-based Homes for Our Troops, which relies on corporate and individual donations to construct homes for service members severely injured in combat since Sept. 11, 2001.
According to the nonprofit organization, a single-story property at 1720 Liberty Drive in Corona was remodeled to facilitate Mayer in every way possible.
"This home will stabilize me so I can go to school and work and get on with my life," the soldier said. "One of my biggest worries has been trying to locate accessible housing, and Homes for Our Troops is taking that worry away."
The specially adapted home will be Mayer's without his owing anything on the property up-front, according to Homes for Our Troops spokeswoman Jennifer Reed.
Friends, family and supporters of the serviceman will be on hand for the Saturday event, slated to begin at 11 a.m. The Patriot Guard Riders, a volunteer group of motorcycle enthusiasts, most of them former military, will be honoring Mayer with a special salute.
Celebrants and the media will be invited to tour the property between noon and 1 p.m., according to organizers.
More information is available at HomesForOurTroops.org.