Home for disabled veteran built in 72 hours

Posted at 5:19 PM, Feb 12, 2012
and last updated 2012-02-12 21:11:18-05

With the help of Homes for Our Troops, a Utah veteran has a new home and a new mission.

Corporal Darrell Isaac Jensen is the latest recipient of a home from Homes for Our Troops, an organization who has built 106 homes nationwide for injured and disabled vets, with four of those in Utah.

Jensen was serving as a medic in Iraq when he was severely injured by a bomb in 2009.

"Three of us walk into a building and one of my buddies opened up a refridgerator and in the bottom of that fridge were two 100-pond bombs," said Jensen.

Jensen found his two fellow soldiers in the rubble, put tourniquets on and administering morphine before considering his own life-threatening injuries.

"I finally pushed myself up and took care of myself and put tourniquets on myself. I had no morphine left. I sat there for about 15 minutes," said Jensen. "I was really really mangled."

Jensen, who had both of his legs amputated, now has a new handicap-accessible home in West Point thanks to a 72-hour building project courtesy Homes for Our Troops, hundreds of volunteers and donated materials.

"The community comes together as one to show their support for Corporal Jensen," said Bryant Jacobs, spokesperson for Homes for Our Troops. "To help veterans gain back their independence."