Charity Building Home For Injured FW Marine

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.

  • David Cordova

    A Big HERO in my Heart and I am so Proud of Zachary, You know I am here to continue helping you move forward. Love Ya David Cordova

  • J Borsellino

    Awesome! It is so wonderful to hear of something like this being done for someone who sacrificed to serve our country. Thank you Helping a Hero and thank you Corporal Zach Briseno!

  • Cythia Nittinger

    I am very proud of my hero (cousin) Zach. This is a wonderful contribution and the least that can be done for our brave soldiers. Thanks to those who serve our country. I love my cousin Zach and wish him and his son many more wonderful things to come you so deserve it.. A big thanks to Standard Pacific Homes of Dallas for their contribution. Semper Fi

  • Teresa Jaecks

    You are my hero and an awesome nephew. You deserve this and so much more for your brave service to protect and serve our country. I am so proud of you and Thank God he brought you back home to us. I love you so much!
    Aunt Terry

  • Cheryl

    Though the words seem wholly inadequate, Thank you Cpl Zach Briseno, for your sacrificial service to our country. Congratulations on your future home for you and your son.

  • Lou Anne Williams

    Wow – what an inspiring legacy for your son! As I was watching this, I remembered having a Zachary Briseno in my first Kindergarten class at Denver Avenue Elementary in Ft. Worth – could it be you? Thank you for your service, courage and sacrifice.

  • David

    This is a True American who deserves the best! Can’t wait to see the results! Thank you Zach for the sacrifice you made!

  • David Cordova

    Hoping to see EVERYONE there for a great event….
    Monday 11/22/2010 10am

    8125 Mountain Cedar Dr
    Fort Worth TX 76131

    Ground Breaking come show your support!!!

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