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Marine who lost legs will get special home

IRVINGTON, ALA. --- Two Black Hawk helicopters hovered and tipped rotors Friday in honor of Marine Sgt. Greg Edwards at a ceremony to start building a specially adapted home for the Edwards family.

Sgt. Edwards, 25, on his third tour in Iraq, lost both legs and shattered his left hand in an explosion while on patrol in Ramadi on Oct. 21.

The Taunton, Mass.-based Homes for Our Troops led a successful campaign to raise funds to build the home for Sgt. Edwards, who is married with two young daughters. The home will be on 5 acres. His parents, Cheryl and David Edwards, live nearby.

"I'm excited and appreciative of all that's been done for me," Sgt. Edwards said.

Sgt. Edwards, who enlisted at age 17, moved back to Irvington last month, hoping to enroll at the University of South Alabama once the family is resettled. He's unsure of his job goals, but said he enjoys working outdoors.

The family had been living near Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., during his recovery. He has endured 37 surgeries and will continue outpatient care at nearby Veterans Affairs hospitals.

-- Edited from wire reports

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THOMSON 01/26/08 - 06:51 am
May God Bless this man and

May God Bless this man and his family, along with the rest of our troops serving.

badleeroy 01/26/08 - 07:41 am
here, here, thomson!

here, here, thomson!

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