Florida Builder Helps Wounded Vet Regain Independence

Filed in NAHB Cares by on November 8, 2016 3 Comments

On July 12, 2010 ─ just three weeks after arriving in Afghanistan ─ Sgt. Corey Kent stepped on an improvised explosive device. He lost both his legs and all five fingers from his left hand.

For the next three years, he endured multiple surgeries, hundreds of medical procedures and months of grueling physical therapy.

An honor guard escorts the Kents to a reception honoring their service -- and their new home.

An honor guard escorts Sgt. Kent and his wife to a reception in recognition of his service and the completion of their new home.

Six years and a Purple Heart later, Sgt. Kent’s dreams of living independently were going to become a reality, thanks to Building for America’s Bravest, a division of the New York 9/11 nonprofit organization Tunnel2Towers.

All they needed was a builder.

“Once I became aware of this project, we immediately agreed to build the home. There was no hesitation,” said Gary Aubuchon, president of Aubuchon Homes. “We wanted to build a home where Corey and his wife could raise a family and spend the rest of their lives together.”

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2016, the Cape Coral Police Department, Cape Coral Fire Department and Patriot Guard Riders provided a motorcade escort for Sgt. Kent and his wife to their new home. At 9:59 a.m. ─ the exact time of the second World Trade Center Tower collapse 15 years prior ─ a huge American flag was removed from the front of the home and the Kents were handed the keys.

The kitchen cabinets and appliances are fully accessible to Corey, who uses a wheelchair.

The kitchen cabinets and appliances are fully accessible to Sgt. Kent, who uses a wheelchair.

The house employs a wide array of high-tech features customized to meet the needs of the Kent family, including:

  • iPad-operated window blinds and door locks
  • Push-button, pull-down kitchen shelves
  • A fully accessible master bath with a walk-around shower and separate vanities
  • Oversized doorways
  • A custom home gym

“It was a great day for us and the entire community as we turned the home over to the Kent family,” Aubuchon said. “This was the most meaningful project Team Aubuchon has ever been part of. There was a lot of love that went into this house, and my hope for Corey and Brandy is that it’s always filled with love, happiness and God’s blessings.”

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  1. I love stories like this! Especially with elections happening today, I think we could all use some uplifting news.

  2. Amiee says:

    What a truly beautiful gesture. I have no doubt lots of love and caring went into the building of this family’s beautiful new home. Thank you for creating a life changing event for them. Blessings all around.

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