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Veteran Build for SPC Peterson

On July 1, 2011, while deployed in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the Ft. Hood's 36th Engineer Brigade, an explosive device destroyed the vehicle SPC Stephen Peterson was riding in. This explosion caused SPC Peterson to lose his right leg above the knee, fractured a hip, along with other trauma.

Specialist Peterson has since returned to Florida, after months of extensive rehabilitation at Brooke Army Military Medical Center, to establish himself in the Tampa Bay area. Operation FINALLY HOME (OFH) in partnership with Community Partners in Revitalization (CPR) selected him to receive a new home. CPR, a local non-profit in the greater Tampa Bay Area took point and began the process to assemble the participants needed to donate the home, while providing a rent-free condo in the Ybor area as the home was constructed. Gramatica Family Foundation has held Kick Ball events and other activities to raise money and awareness. 

Brian K. Lamb, a military veteran and the founder of CPR stated "This will be our second home give away, along with other park improvement projects; we support “central living” in Tampa Bay. It's amazing to see the community come together and unveil the forgotten beauty of some of the more established, centrally located communities. The community has supported our private business at Meritus Corp over the last 10 years - this is our way to give back in our industry and to the community." 

This home is designed to be energy-efficient and as maintenance friendly as possible. Gramatica Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are used to maximize energy efficiency. Additionally, a lot adjacent to SPC Peterson was donated to CPR by the city for the program to succeed locally and eventually bring another deserving veteran to the neighborhood.

"I am excited to move-in to my new home, go to school and move on to the next step in my life" Specialist Peterson said. "I will be forever grateful to the sponsors and local community for all their support and can't wait to call St. Pete home!" Mr. Lamb of CPR stated "our work for this endeavor in the Tampa Bay area is far from being over, in fact we planning to breaking ground in Clearwater for our third donated home in the greater Tampa Bay area this fall."

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