PLACER COUNTY (CBS13) — Volunteers in Placer County will break ground on a new home this weekend as part of a program helping wounded veterans rebuild after they’ve returned from overseas.

They hope it will help a young Marine whose life was changed forever while serving our country overseas.

Joshua Hotaling lost both legs in an Afghanistan explosion nearly three years ago.

“When we were leaving the compound, I stepped on a pressure-plate IED,” he said.

Now a group called Homes For Our Troops is building him a brand new home on this vacant land near Loomis designed for his special needs

“It just means more than you could ever know to me,” he said. “It will pretty much make me independent. I can run the whole house myself.”

Those involved in the project say it’s a way to give back to this Marine who’s given up so much for his country.

“These guys have been through a lot, and it kind of makes you tear up a little bit seeing what they’ve gone through,” said project manager Brent Deming.

Hotaling is now taking college classes and studying to be a SCUBA diving instructor.

“Being a first-time homeowner, I’ll probably break down and cry. It’s just going to be an amazing experience,” he said.


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