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Army Staff Sergeant Veteran Gets A New Home

By: Emily Johnson
February 22, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Army Staff Sergeant Luke Murphy stood beside family and friends as he cut the ribbon to his new home. "Just absolute joy and humility and gratefulness and I mean it's so hard to put this into words. It's a game changer, it's awesome, it's outstanding," said SSG Murphy.

SSG Murphy was injured while serving on his second deployment to Iraq in 2006. After an explosion went off, SSG Murphy severely injured his left leg and had to have his right leg amputated. The 2700 square foot, four bedroom, two bathroom home is specially adapted to his needs. "All of the counters are a little lower, you can wheel under the sink. In July I had to have two more surgeries, I was back in the chair for a few months," said SSG Murphy.

Homes For Our Troops the non-profit organization who build SSG Murphy's home, builds handicap accessible homes for severely wounded veterans all across the country. SSG Murphy's home was their 165TH home built.

SSG Murphy's family and those close to him say the Iraq War Veteran is not dwelling on the past and his home will help him move forward.

"The amount of gratitude and happiness that I am feeling for him right now I can't even describe, you're going to make me cry again. Very happy," said Wilette Murphy, SSG Murphy's Mother.

"Overwhelmed, it's just like a dream come true. It hasn't set in yet," said Stephanie Wernke, SSG Murphy's Girlfriend.

SSG Murphy said he plans to move into his new home within the next few days.

By: Emily Johnson
December 7, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - A local veteran is getting the gift of a lifetime. A home is being built for Army Staff Sergeant Luke Murphy by Homes For Our Troops. Homes For Our Troops is a non-profit organization that builds handicap accessible homes for severely wounded veterans. SSG Murphy's home is located north of Tallahassee and will be ready in move in February.

While serving on his second deployment to Iraq, SSG Murphy lost his right leg above the knee and severely injured in his left leg in an Explosively Formed Penetrator (EFP) blast in Sadr City, Iraq on April 25, 2006. SSG Murphy, the Squad Leader of an 11 man Reconnaissance Team with the 187Th Infantry Regiment, A component of the 101st Airborne Division was riding in the second vehicle of the group when a bomb detonated after the vehicle's bumper crossed a garage door opener laser.

Many volunteers gathered at SSG Murphy's house this morning for a work day. Volunteers laid sod and pine straw throughout the yard.
"All these people in this community and this organization come out and support me. I'd do anything for anybody, I've been that way my whole like and to be the one receiving it's just humbling," said SSG Murphy.

SSG Murphy is now living in Tallahassee and is a Realtor for Southern Land Reality Company in Tallahassee.

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