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Wounded Brentwood veterans to receive homes this weekend

Ben Maenza (first from left) helps break ground on his new home from Homes For Our Troops in April

After several months of hard work, two wounded soldiers from Brentwood will officially receive their specially adapted homes over Veterans Day weekend.

The national organization Homes for Our Troops broke ground on homes for Marine Lance Corporal Ben Maenza and Army Specialist Andrew Wilson in April of this year, and will hold the final key ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday.

Maenza lost both of his legs and injured his arm in Sangin, Afghanistan in 2010 when a pressure-plated IED he was standing on was triggered. The Marine veteran is currently working toward a business degree at Lipscomb University.

Wilson was injured in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2011 by a pressure-plated IED, which triggered a bomb two feet in front of him. He also lost both of his legs.

HFOT homes are built to accommodate injured veterans with wide doorways, roll under sinks, accessible showers and other alterations.

Since the organization’s foundation in 2004, HFOT has been able to provide more than 100 handicap-accessible homes for severely injured troops and the organization hopes that number continues to grow.

“There are currently 1,600 severely injured veterans that we know about,” Jen Reed with HFOT told Brentwood Home Page.

The ceremony for Andrew Wilson will be held at his new home at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The home is located at 7008 Nolens Park Circle in Nolensville.

The ceremony for Ben Maenza will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Maenza’s home is located at 5530 Kelly Road in Brentwood.

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