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May 06, 2009

A House for DJ Emery

For those of you who've been around the milblogosphere for some time, the name DJ Emery is a familiar one. He's someone we've worried about. He's someone we've prayed about. And when the occasion arose, we've celebrated his successes and joyous milestones.

Recovery from such horrific wounds is long and requires adaptation by the servicemember but also requires adaptation of his/her surroundings.

Homes for Our Troops wants to give DJ and Carlee just that: a home that fits DJ's physical needs.

In the early days of volunteering, everytime I went to Walter Reed or Bethesda to visit someone, I remember this strong desire to take them home, cook for them and generally just spoil them rotten. I couldn't. My house is not at all designed for wheelchairs. There are too many stairs, entranceways are too narrow and bathrooms are way too small here. It's not something I had ever really thought about before. I had never had to.
I can, however, imagine how bright DJ's world would be if he could live in a home that allowed him to move around more freely. I can imagine the independence this house would give him.

So, I'm not necessarily asking for financial donations although money is always needed for these troop support programs. I am suggesting that folks could forward DJ's page at Homes for Our Troops on to family and friends. Perhaps one of those people will live close enough to sweat a little for a guy who gave so very much to this country. Perhaps someone will know someone in the construction business willing to donate materials.

Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps...You just never know.

Huge thank you's to that wonderful angel in Germany, MaryAnn, who has so diligently kept us updated on DJ's recovery process.

Posted by at May 6, 2009 02:43 PM

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My "6° of Separation" is at your disposal.

Posted by: DL Sly at May 6, 2009 04:02 PM

I wish I was just a little closer to BAMC, so I could go through the 2 week training/orientation to be a volunteer down there...

I grew up with a grandmother in a wheelchair. My grandfather built a house to accommodate her back in the 70s, and then again in the 90s after he retired from the phone company (grandma lives next door to the people they sold the house to when Grandpa got a transfer to the Dallas area in the 80s). Little things - lower light switches, wider doorways, lower counter tops, taller toilet seats, "roll-in" shower stalls - can all make a big difference. If I ever get to know someone down at BAMC who has to be there over the holidays, I'll ask them to come to family holiday dinners/celebrations at Grandma's. I just need to become acquainted with someone...

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at May 6, 2009 04:22 PM

Thanks for putting this up. We'll keep it in the forefront :)

Posted by: Cassanda at May 6, 2009 04:25 PM

My sister is always looking for more tangible and local ways to lend her heart and effort to those who serve. I will be telling her about the two homes pending in NJ and know she will be all about this. Thanks for posting!

Posted by: wifeunit at May 7, 2009 08:28 AM

Consider it done.

Posted by: Sly's Wardrobe Mistress at May 7, 2009 03:03 PM