6 Main St.
Taunton, MA 2780
Alex was presented his specially adapted home in Tampa by Homes for Our Troops in December 2013. Since then he has regained freedoms he lost after becoming paralyzed from the chest down in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast while deployed to Afghanistan in 2011.Before moving into the home, daily tasks were a challenge for Alex. If he wanted to cook breakfast, the night before he and Holly would have to make sure everything he needed was left on the counter. If they forgot, he would have to wake Holly up. He couldn't take a shower on his own without having Holly lift him into his chair. Even answering the door was a challenge because there was a step-up to get to the door. If they were expecting important packages, they would have to schedule them around a time Holly was home. Now, with pull-down cabinets and low counters, Alex can have breakfast ready for Holly before she even gets up. He can shower without assistance in his roll-in shower and can easily access every room while in his wheelchair.Alex now has the time for his goals and interests. He's been focusing on getting back to school, has the room to workout in his own home and he has returned to gunsmithing, one of his favorite hobbies.Working on guns and reloading ammunition has been extremely good therapy for Alex. "He enjoys doing it and it makes him feel as if he still has a connection to his life prior to sustaining his combat injuries," Holly says. "It has given us so much peace of mind and has taken so much stress off of both of us."Read more about Alex's story by visiting www.hfotusa.org/dillmann.