Disabled veteran gets dream home

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RAPID CITY S.D. (KOTA TV) - A veteran in South Dakota now has a custom home to fit his needs from Homes for Our Troops.

Army veteran Wayne Swier, lost a leg and damaged the other in an explosion in Afghanistan, but Saturday he stood tall in front of his new home.

"I'm very honored and very grateful to have such a beautiful home to live out the rest of our lives in,” said Swier.

The Homes for Troops nonprofit built the Swier's mortgage free home, and they didn't stop there.

“We stay with the veteran to help them with whatever challenges they have getting back into the work force,” said Homes for Our Troops executive director, Bill Ivey.

Politicians and community members gather to get an exclusive tour.

“There are more than 40 adaptations in the homes that we build so the entire home is accessible to an individual in a wheelchair,” said Ivey.

The Swier's said this new beginning will improve their lives greatly.

"He hasn't been able to use his wheelchair in his home since he left Walter Reed,” said Wayne’s wife, Bridget. “Now he can access everything in our home that allows him the independence to still be able to be a husband and a father."

Funding for the home came from donations and corporate sponsors.