Published: Jan 22, 2013 06:00 PM
Modified: Jan 22, 2013 09:41 AM
HOLLY SPRINGS - A veteran of the war in Afghanistan will soon call Holly Springs home, thanks to the work of a local nonprofit.
Operation: Coming Home plans to build a residence for Cody Stanton, who was injured in an explosion outside the city of Kandahar.
The Holly Springs house is the fifth residential construction project taken on by the group, which was founded in 2007 by veterans and construction professionals from around the Triangle.
Each house has become home to a soldier wounded by an explosive device in Iraq or Afghanistan.
“It shows the local community that we have not forgotten about our injured veterans,” said Philip Squires, an organizer of the project and a member of Royal Oaks Building Group.
The house, to be built in the Forest Springs subdivision, will be the group’s first project in Holly Springs, following four builds in Fuquay-Varina and Cameron. With construction set for February, Operation: Coming Home is now askingfor funding and for help from people with some building know-how.
“Volunteers are really what make Operation: Coming Home a reality,” said Emily Packard, a spokeswoman for the group.
Stanton, a private first class with Fort Bragg’s 13th Airborne Corps, was set to be honored for his service during halftime of N.C. State University’s Sunday game against Clemson University.
The veteran was severely injured in January 2012 by an explosion related to an improvised explosive device, according to Operation: Coming Home. The new home will include features “designed to give him easy accessibility to all rooms.”
To aid the project, the town of Holly Springs agreed last week to waive the estimated $12,500 of municipal fees that would normally apply to the proposed 2,500-square-foot home.
Stanton will pay nothing for the house, though Operation: Coming Home will dole out full control of the property to him over a course of 10 years. The nonprofit will reduce its lien on the house by 10 percent each year, a strategy meant to ensure recipients don’t over-borrow on their homes, according to organizers.
Completion of the project is scheduled for July.