Veteran Gifted With New Chicago-Area Home

July 02, 2011

An injured soldier and his family have moved into a brand new piece of metro Chicago real estate, free of charge.

In 2006, Army Specialist Sergio Lopez, 28, of Joliet, lost both his legs below the knee in a roadside bombing while serving with the U.S. Army in Iraq during his second tour.

The new Lopez home in Hillside.

Now, thanks to the Village of Hillside, Plote Construction and tons of volunteers, Lopez, his wife, Maria, and their two daughters, Sasha and Sofia, can make a fresh start in a new home that accommodates their needs.

Hundreds of contractors, architects, businesses, suppliers, labor unions and individuals worked for 86 days and more than 7,000 hours to complete the three-bedroom, 2,600-square-foot house, located at 34 Oak Avenue in Hillside, the “Hub of the Western Suburbs.”

The home, made possible by the Hillside Disabled Veterans Home Project, was built according to the guidelines of the American Disability Act, with larger hallways, doorways and kitchen. Lopez will use the attached garage as his main entrance, and the state-of-the-art garage door opener will work even in a power outage.

Dan Plote of Plote Construction not only spearheaded the project, he also donated the 6,500-square-foot lot, which now sports a new playground in the backyard for the kids.

Sergio Lopez

“We just thought this was a good way to highlight and give back something to a bunch of people that obviously sacrificed so much for us,” said Plote.

The goal was to have the home completed by the 4th of July, and that was accomplished.

“It is so unbelievable that everybody would come together and present us with this huge gift,” said Lopez.

“It is very relieving to know that there are still so many people with genuine good hearts.”

Live there well, Lopez family.

For more information on this initiative, or to donate to the cause, visit hdvhp.weebly.com.

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