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Wounded Local Marine Given a New Home

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A local veteran and his wife have a new place to call home, thanks to the community's support.

It was an exciting Saturday for Sergeant "Trey" Thomas and his wife, Lindsey. After spending the day mingling and shaking hands, they're enjoying their new home in the Somersett area.

It was built at no cost to them by the Defenders of Freedom of Northern Nevada, which works to build homes for severely wounded and disabled veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The organization received help from more than 50 local businesses and volunteers to build this home by donating their time, money and supplies.

"It's really a blessing," said Sgt. Humphrey. "I kind of struggled with what to say, but I keep telling everybody I can, 'thank you.' It's really amazing, the outpouring of support from the community that I haven't been a part of in almost a decade. It makes me feel back at home."

Before the Humphreys got to check out their new home, there was a flag-raising ceremony. Also, several people spoke to the large crowd on hand, including Trey's father who gave an emotional speech about his son and his service to our country.

On his 3rd deployment a few years ago, Sgt. Humphrey lost a leg in Afghanistan. He stepped on an IED while trying to help rescue a fellow Marine, who was wounded. He needed more than 20 surgeries and was fitted with a prosthesis for his right leg. He needs a brace for his left leg in order to walk.

"We made the home, so it was adaptable," said Charles Bluth, of the Defenders of Freedom of Northern Nevada. "So, he can get around without any problems."

"It will also be a perfect fit for the Humphreys' first child, a baby boy, who's due later this summer.

"We have this house, this yard and community," Lindsey said. "I just don't even know what to expect! I've already had so many neighbors come up and introduce us to their kids, and it just gives me so much to look forward to that we have somewhere to call home, and not an apartment or a hospital.

Sgt. Humphrey earned numerous awards, including the Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Service and the Purple Heart.

Of course, we want to thank him for his service to our country.

Written by Adam Varahachaikol
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