In 2011, United States Army SFC Jeffery Hackett faced a tough reality after losing his leg when he triggered a wire-tripped improvised explosive device while serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan. After the incident, Hackett was airlifted from the battlefield to Lanstuhl, Germany, and was eventually brought stateside to reunite with his wife, Bobby Jo, and his three daughters.
For his service, Hackett and his family will be presented with a new home in the town of Mexico, courtesy of Home for Our Troops, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The goal of the Homes for Our Troops is to restore some of the freedom and independence Veterans sacrificed defending Americans, as well as to enable Veterans to focus on their family, recovery and rebuild their lives.
Currently, Hackett lives in a home with stairs that is not wheelchair accessible, making everyday chores problematic. The features of the specially adapted home Hackett and his family will receive will help alleviate some of those concerns.
“The whole design of the home will give me more freedom and independence to maneuver all around the home,” Hackett said. “When it comes to chasing my three little girls and playing with them, they’ll love it too.”
A community kickoff event will be held on Jan. 24 at 11:30 a.m. to introduce Hackett to the community and to raise support and awareness for the project.
The Mexico Academy and Central School District will host the event at the Mexico Middle School Auditorium after generosity agreeing to donate space.