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Homes for Our Troops builds for Bouchard

Date: 6/13/2012

June 13, 2012

By Katelyn Gendron

GRANBY — What began in the spring with a "Building Brigade" at 48 Chicopee St., Granby, to erect a new home for wounded veteran Sgt. Joshua Bouchard, continued on June 9, when the Home Builders Association of Western Massachusetts sponsored a Volunteer Day. Those who gathered on June 9 landscaped the property by planting trees, bushes and other assorted shrubberies, laying down grass and mounting the flagpole. The photo on the left was taken on June 6 prior to the Volunteer Day. The overall build is being made possible by Homes for Our Troops, a non-profit organization.

On July 8, 2009 while on his second deployment, Bouchard lost his left leg and broke his back after his vehicle drove over an improvised explosive device in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He has had multiple surgeries to repair his leg and back and is currently undergoing rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C.

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