Local military hero receives wheelchair-accessible home
Staff Sgt. Kyle Malin sees new home for first time on Wednesday
SAN ANTONIO - A San Antonio-area military hero is now a proud homeowner after a special ceremony Wednesday morning.
Retired Army Staff Sgt. Kyle Malin lost both legs and his hip during his fourth tour in Afghanistan.
In need of a wheelchair-accessible home, HelpingaHero.org, along with Jimmy Jacobs Customs Homes, teamed up to provide a new home for Malin and his family.
On Wednesday, Kyle Malin, his wife, Alicia, and two sons were able to see the inside of their home for the first time.
Malin stepped directly on an improvised explosive device while on a rescue mission for men in his unit.
"I took a wrong step and went for one crazy ride,” said Malin, of the incident.
That blast left Malin a paraplegic and destroyed his hip. Though he continues to face an uphill battle, having a place to call his own left Malin uplifted.
"I could thank people all day long. I was just speechless,” said Malin after entering his home.
To top it all off, the key to the home was presented by Major League baseball legend Roger Clemens.
"I really enjoy it,” said Clemens. “I came from a family with a military background, as far as serving, and you know, I appreciate everything they've done."
Clemens has teamed with HelpingaHero.org in the past to raise money for the organization and plans to visit more homes in the future.
The entire house was built with Malin in mind, with all doorways wheelchair-accessible, along with many other details to make Malin’s life easier.
"They went above and beyond,” said Malin. “It’s more than anything I ever imagined."
The HelpingaHero.org Home Program has provided homes for 60 severely wounded heroes from 15 states.
The Malins were also featured in part of an episode of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which is set to air this Christmas.
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