Home for Our Troops Brings Mission to Chicago Area

May 23, 2010

Army SPC Frank Pierson has been through a lot over the last couple years, but he will soon get a brand new home in Plainfield that should make life a little bit easier.

Army SPC Frank Pierson

Pierson, 22, was less than four months into his first deployment in Baghdad in 2008 when his vehicle was hit by enemy fire. As a result of his injuries, Pierson spent 19 months at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. enduring multiple surgeries, including the amputation of both legs above and below the knee.

Thanks to Homes For Our Troops, a Massachusetts-based charity that builds compatible homes for severely injured veterans, Pierson and his wife, Arielle, will soon have a brand new home at 25107 Island Drive in Plainfield built specifically around Frank’s needs. The home will not cost the Pierson’s any money, and they will have no mortgage to pay in the future.

Homes for Our Troops, which has been named a top-rated charity by the American Institute of Philanthropy, raises donations of money, building materials and professional labor, then coordinates the construction of specially adaptive homes so severely wounded service members can live more independently. Veterans get to choose the floor plan and where they want the home to be built.

This weekend, the charity held a three-day building event called a Build Brigade installing the frame, roof, doors and windows into the Pierson’s Plainfield home, which will take between three and four months to be completed. DeCraene Custom Homes Inc. of Joliet volunteered to act as general contractor on the project.

Home for Our Troops presented this Illinois home to severly injured veteran Cameron Crouch and wife Christy in 2009.

This is Home for Our Troops’ first project in the Chicago area but its second in Illinois. The first was for Army Sgt. Cameron Crouch, who was severely injured in Iraq in 2007. As a result of his injuries, Crouch has undergone close to 20 surgeries and the amputation of both legs below the knee. Home for Our Troops presented a newly constructed home in Mahomet near Champaign in Illinois to Crouch and his wife, Christy, on January 23, 2009.

Donations of money, materials and labor are still needed to finish the Pierson home. To donate to this, or to any other Home for Our Troops project, or to request assistance, check out

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