‘I’m Beyond Grateful’: Iraq Veteran Amputee Gifted a Custom-Designed Home From Community

September 12, 2020 Updated: September 12, 2020

A Georgetown community is giving back to a Purple Heart recipient with a mortgage-free home. U.S. Army veteran Sgt. Kristopher Biggs will receive a brand-new custom home courtesy of Perry Homes, Building Homes for Heroes, and Hillwood Communities.

This is the first time all three organizations have partnered together to construct a house for a wounded warrior, while it will be Perry Homes’ twelfth specialized home donated to a soldier wounded in the line of duty.

On Thursday, Aug. 27, at 10:30 a.m., crews broke ground in the Wolf Ranch community in Georgetown. The streets were lined with decorated cars, and the Patriot Guard Riders and Georgetown Fire Department joined the neighbors lining up outside to welcome Sgt. Biggs to the site of his new home-to-be.

The 1,800-square-foot house is specially designed to accommodate the individual needs of Sgt. Biggs, who was significantly injured during his second deployment in Iraq.

After serving for seven years in the military, Sgt. Biggs’s time in Iraq ended in an explosion that knocked him unconscious and led to traumatic brain and leg injuries. After many years of physical therapy and effort to save his leg, doctors eventually determined an amputation was necessary.

“I’m beyond grateful,” Sgt. Biggs said in a press release, thanking the generous donors. “I can’t wait to sit outside on the outdoor patio and grill up some Texas barbecue with my neighbors. I know I’ll feel right at home here in Georgetown.”

The handicap-accessible home will feature three bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as custom modifications, including an adapted primary bathroom shower, specialized kitchen cabinets, and wider hallways. The anticipated date of completion is December 2020.

“We are pleased to provide Sergeant Biggs with this specially-modified, mortgage-free home,” Christie Christian, director of Texas, Building Homes for Heroes, said in a press statement. “We’re honored to be able to show just a small portion of our gratitude to Sgt. Biggs for his selflessness and heroism while serving this country.

“In building this specialized new home, we hope to offer Sgt. Biggs a little more flexibility and freedom in his day-to-day life, just as he has done for others in this country throughout his military career.”

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