Veterans group seek help, landscaping wounded warrior’s home in Jacksonville

Home For Our Troops helped a local veteran get the home he needs, which was celebrated in February with a groundbreaking event organizing a home specifically for Sgt. Hancock and his family in Jacksonville.

Now the organization is asking for volunteers to help landscaping his home this Saturday morning.

Almost 10 years to the day, Marine Sgt. Christopher Hancock lost his legs on his second deployment to Afghanistan. Sgt. Hancock, who signed up as a combat engineer, specialized in finding IEDs.

On June 26, 2011, Hancock’s tracker beeped, and when he knelt to examine what it had picked up, the IED exploded.

This Saturday, June 12th, the national nonprofit is inviting the community to a Volunteer Day to celebrate Sgt.

The new home for Sgt Hancock has 40+ customizations, including lower countertops and wheelchair-accessible sinks. The event will take place at 10 a.m. at 1308 North Bryan Road, Jacksonville. Check-in from 9:30 a.m.

In his current home, Sgt. Hancock says he cannot fully relax due to the lack of space in the wheelchair. He lives in a one-story apartment and does not have the opportunity to turn around or get in and out of the shower without difficulty.

These new conveniences will alleviate most of that stress and make meal preparation a lot easier for his son. “The possibilities are endless,” added Hankcok of his new home. “This home will allow me to reach a level where I can finally find peace.”

Hancock is due to receive the key to his home on July 10th during a ceremony. Volunteers are asked to bring gardening gloves and small garden tools and will lay grass along with planting trees and flowers.

He strives to be a role model for his son: Home for Our Troops Groundbreaking for a new home for Jacksonville wounded warriors

Homes For Our Troops relies on contributions from donors, supporters, and corporate partners to build every veteran’s home. There are currently over 65 HFOT home construction projects nationwide for injured veterans in various stages of completion.

Community members can host or donate fundraising drives. For more information on how to participate or donate, please visit

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