Afghan War vet, double amputee, receives gift of new home

Cpl. Michael Egan will have a fully customized home built next year

Author: Cory Smith, Reporter, csmith@ksat.com
Published On: Dec 23 2013 05:37:08 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 24 2013 12:03:24 PM CST
Injured vet gifted free home
SAN ANTONIO -

The pile of dirt in front of Michael Egan is the best Christmas present he’s ever received.

In a few months, that dirt will serve as the foundation for Egan’s brand new home, an early Christmas gift from HelpingAHero.org.

“The fact that I do have a place to live now and these people are standing behind me and making it happen is just an overwhelming, gratifying, experience,” Egan said.

Egan lost both of his legs after he stepped on an improvised exploding device while serving in Afghanistan.

It will be the responsibility of architects from Chesmar Homes to build a house that fulfills all of Egan’s physical needs.

“We'll have a roll-in shower for him so he can shower himself. Inside the kitchen we'll have a roll-up kitchen sink, we'll have accessible ovens that have pull down doors so he can get into them. The hallways will be a little wider so he doesn’t have to worry about rubbing his elbows or wheels,” said Terry Jermolajevs. ”We’ll sit down and talk with him before construction starts to find out what his needs are because his needs may be different from what we think they are.”

Egan said he will definitely ask for a wider driveway for his fully customized Ford Raptor, but that is not the only thing on his wish list.

“I’m big into music, recording, DJing, any musical instrument,” Egan said. “They're kind of helping me build a music room and you know different equipment and what not that’s needed.”

Egan’s passion for music and desire to get a degree in psychology is what drives him, and he said his new home will help move him forward.

“'It’s one less speed bump. It's an easy ride especially when you've got a place to live, you've got people to help you do it, and its just an awesome opportunity and it’s a blessing,”

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