Community kickoff to build home for wounded vet is Aug. 13
BETHANY >> A community kickoff for construction of a new home for Army veteran Sean Pesce, 24, wounded nearly four years ago in Afghanistan, will be held Aug. 13.
The event will be held by builder Niantic Bay Group, LLC, of East Lyme, and Homes for Our Troops at 9:30 a.m. at Amity Regional Bethany Middle School.
The event will include Niantic Bay Group, Pesce, his family, local dignitaries, elected officials, and town residents.
Pesce, a native of West Haven, was shot 13 times and left paralyzed from the waist down when insurgents attacked his unit Oct. 12, 2012. He was a fire support specialist with the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.
Pesce will be given the fully accessible home mortgage free.
Niantic Bay Group is donating its work, and many subcontractors and suppliers are providing their services free or at reduced costs.
Homes for Our Troops took title of the property recently. The national nonprofit builds mortgage-free, specially adapted homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives.
Since 2004, it has built more than 200 homes nationwide, and stays in touch with each veteran as they focus on rebuilding their lives.
John Doran, project manager for Niantic Bay Group and for the Bethany build, said his company jumped at the opportunity to partner with an organization as selfless and dedicated as Homes for Our Troops.
“Homes for Our Troops does wonderful things for our veterans such as Spc. Sean Pesce, an American hero who gave himself so selflessly and sacrificed so much for his country; we are honored to be a part of building a new, fully accessible home for him,” Doran said.
“Our goal — through fundraising with various local Elks lodges, VFWs and other organizations throughout Connecticut— is for Homes for Our Troo ps to have no expenses whatsoever with this project.
“We believe we can make that happen as a way of thanking them for the amazing work they do for our heroic wounded veterans,” Doran said.
Niantic Bay Group is donating its services and many subcontractors and suppliers are providing their services free or at reduced costs, he said.
Donations and fundraising will pay the balance of the costs for Pesce’s new home. The plan is to have him and his family living in the house within six to seven months.
HFOT is thankful for the help, said retired Army Maj. Gen. Timothy P. McHale, HFOT president/CEO.
“HFOT is grateful to have the support of such patriotic partners in the building community who share our unwavering commitment in wanting to give back to those Heroes who fought and sacrificed for our freedom overseas,” said McHale.
“The generosity and professionalism of Build Partners such as John Doran of Niantic Bay Group is crucial to completing our mission, and ensuring that all severely injured veterans have a mortgage free, specially adapted home so they can rebuild their lives.”