During the recent groundbreaking, Massachusetts Congressman Bill Keating joined Paul Skarinka and his wife, Jenn, at the site of their new home
Corporal Paul Skarinka was eight months into his first tour of duty with the U.S. Army when his unit came under enemy fire while on a mission outside of Baghdad in 2014. During a rocket-propelled grenade explosion, Skarinka suffered a severed artery and serious damage to his left arm and leg. He was transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, where he underwent 22 surgeries, including the amputation of his left leg below the knee and partial amputation of his left arm.
Living with his wife and two children in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Skarinka continues to serve his community, obtaining his EMT/paramedic license to assist with the Plympton Fire Department and Brewster Ambulance Service. Still, his battle injuries remain a daily issue. Though he and his wife own their home, it is not handicap accessible or conducive to his needs as a recent amputee.
Thanks to efforts by Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors, Skarinka is relocating to a home in Hanson, Massachusetts, that better suits his needs. Groundbreaking begun this week on the home, which will also included home fire sprinklers. The Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition was able to secure the labor and materials to install the fire sprinklers at no cost. The wounded warriors organization, which raises money to build and remodel handicap accessible homes for veterans injured in Iraq or Afghanistan, makes a point to sprinkler all of its new homes.
Are there similar organizations in your region that might benefit from a similar partnership?