Wounded warrior: Marine Sgt. Adam Kisielewski gets a new home
Today, a local Marine, severely injured in Iraq, hosted a house party he'll likely never forget.
Hundreds of veterans and volunteers celebrated the unveiling of Sgt. Adam Kisielewski's new wheelchair-accessible home in Frederick.
The organization Homes For Our Troops initiated the project, but most of the funding came from the community.
In Frederick, the Patriot Guard riders escorted Kisielewski, 27, and his family to their new home.
In 2005, near Fallujah, Kisielewski lost his left arm and right leg in an explosion.
He nearly lost his life.
"Never in a million years would have expected to have all these people out here in support of me," he said.
Until now, his family has lived in a three-story home with narrow hallways, forcing him to wear a prosthetic leg all day.
"For me to take my leg off at the end of the day and give my body a chance to recover, it will give my quality of life a huge boost," he said.
Their new home features an open layout, a wheelchair-accessible bathroom, and cubbies in the closet for his prosthethic limbs.
Since 2004, the charity Homes For Our Troops has built more than 100 homes for wounded warriors. And it hopes to build 100 more.
"This home is about freedom and independence," said John Gonsalves of Homes For Our Troops. "And that's what they fight for the rest of us is freedom and independence. And it's really our way to pay that back to them."
Organizers call it a labor of love with hundreds of volunteers, thousands of work hours, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in donated supplies and furnishings.
The Kisielewskis say all of this outreach - much of it from complete strangers - has been overwhelming.
"Just to talk about other military members and their families and I know what they have to go through," said Carrie Kisielewski. "It's hard, yeah. But I know we're going to be okay here. And i wish everyone had this opportunity."
The Kisielewskis now hope to give back to other veterans, offering the same support they've received from the community.