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Homes for Our Troops gives local family a house

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RUTLAND (WKOW) -- The cost of war is a heavy burden, not just for the country, but for soldiers and their families. A local group is trying to ease that burden on military men and women who've survived war. 

Army Staff Sgt. Russell Dennison and his wife Samantha have endured a lot over the last six years. In 2012, Dennison stepped on a 15-pound improvised explosive device while serving in Afghanistan, launching him 20 feet into a creek. Both his legs were amputated. 

Now, the community is helping to make their lives a little easier.

"Getting here, the kids are excited. We've got the rooms picked out...the pink room. They are going to have their own rooms for the first time," they said. 

A group called Homes for Our Troops is giving them a specially-adapted house for their family. 

"For them to get a home, to where it's fully safe and accessible that they can move around in...be a dad again...just do all the normal things and restore a little bit of that freedom and independence," said Tom Lindwermeyer, president of Homes For Our Troops.

The family is grateful for the chance to enjoy their future together. 

Homes for Our Troops is a nonprofit organization that builds custom houses for severely-injured veterans across the country. There are more than 100 vets on the waitlist to get a home. Click here for more information about the program. 

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