FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Retired Corporal Zach Briseno is looking forward to moving into his new home.
The plot is all dirt now, but on Monday a charity called Helping A Hero will break ground on the home.
“It’s my first home for me and my son so it’s exciting,” says Cpl. Briseno.
Briseno grew up in Forth Worth, and says he always wanted to follow both of his grandfather’s footsteps and become a Marine.
“I knew when I was just 9-years-old,” says Briseno who is a single father of a 5-year-old.
In November of 2007 Cpl. Zach was in Iraq – it would be his second deployment. His convoy was hit by and IED and an anti-tank mine exploded under his Humvee.
“I remember as soon as it went off it was like someone hit you in the face,” says Cpl. Briseno.
Both of his legs were blown off below the knee. He also had a broken arm, and now has a plate in his wrist.
Cpl. Briseno was awarded the Purple Heart for his sacrifice. “The hardest part is missing being around all the guys,” says Cpl. Briseno “It was really rough that’s when it really hit me I was like I don’t legs and felt life was going to be impossible.”
He has prosthetics now, but can’t wear them all day and night. So he is often in a wheelchair trying to get around his apartment.
He says he can’t wait for his new house, which is a 4 bedroom wheelchair accessible home.
“We want to make sure that every detail in his home will make Zach’s life easier. It is an honor and privilege for us to build this new home for Zach and his,” says Chris Matzke with Standard Pacific Homes in Dallas.
“Corporal Zach Briseno is a true American hero. He has battled back from a near fatal injury and has endured so much on his road to recovery. We count it an honor to help this young hero begin a new life in a brand new home where his ability to live independently will be maximized,” says Meredith Iller with Helping A Hero.
“I know a lot of people are going through hardships right now and struggling to keep a place to live, and I’m getting a place to live for me and my son to make a better life for both of us,” explains Cpl. Briseno.
Groundbreaking for the house will be Monday morning at 10 a.m. Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief and Congresswoman Kay Granger will join Cpl. Briseno for the event. Construction could take a few months. Cpl. Briseno hopes to move in sometime in April.
The organization says another 15 homes will be awarded to wounded heroes in early 2011. They are accepting applications.
For more information on Helping A Hero, click here.