PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. —
A retired U.S. Marine Corps sergeant and his family now have a new place to call home on the Treasure Coast.
Sgt. Christian Fleming, his fiancée Karly Riley, and their sons Hunter and Tate got to see their new home for the first time today during a welcome ceremony hosted by the nonprofit Helping a Hero and Bass Pro Shops.
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“It’s very overwhelming. I don’t want to say that I have high expectations. But like they just they exceeded it’s beyond what I could have even fathomed,” Fleming said.
Helping a Hero teamed up with Bass Pro Shops and Mattamy Homes to build the home especially for Fleming, who lost both of his legs during an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan.
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“When they take their prosthetics off, they have to be in a wheelchair, and it’s really difficult if you don’t have a home that has wider doors, rolling showers, adapted sink area and other safety features that really protect them,” Meredith Iler, the founder of Helping a Hero Home Program said.