Veteran Army Specialist Stephen Peterson received a warm welcome to his specially adapted custom home in Land O’ Lakes, on the morning of March 13.
The national nonprofit organization, Homes For Our Troops, donated the home to Peterson during a special key ceremony.
The custom home, at 24235 Hideout Trail, is adapted to meet Peterson’s needs.
The Army veteran was severely injured while serving in Afghanistan. He was riding in a vehicle on a route clearance mission when an improvised explosive device exploded directly under his seat, a news release said.
He immediately lost his right leg in the blast, and sustained fractured hips, a fractured tailbone, and a traumatic brain injury.
His new home features more than 40 major special adaptations, such as widened doorways for wheelchair access, a roll-in shower, and kitchen amenities that include pull-down shelving and lowered countertops.
The home also is designed with hallways that are accessible for wheelchairs and with cabinets that are within reach.
Homes for Our Troops donated the house to Peterson, using contributions from donors, supports and corporate sponsors.
Those attending the ceremony in Land O’ Lakes were required to wear masks or facial coverings as a precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
To find out more about Homes for Our Troops, visit HFOTusa.org.
Published March 24, 2021