A wounded Marine Corps combat engineer and his family are moving to Advance, where they will live in a home being built by Habitat for Humanity Boone County and the Homes for Wounded Warriors project, after he “fell in love” with the community during a March visit.
Sgt. Jesse James was injured during his third deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan, Steve Furste, HHBC executive director said Wednesday, July 11.
It is the first Habitat for Humanity home to be built in Indiana expressly for a wounded veteran returning from combat, Furste said.
“We are really excited to be able to help a young soldier who has served his country and is coming back with an injury,” he said.
James was responsible for clearing routes for tactical convoys, including sweeping and searching for and destroying enemy explosives, Furste said. James suffered severe head trauma while trying to disarm an IED, Furste said. While he’s recovering at a hospital in southern California, James; his wife, Nicole; their two children, and his guide dog, Jag, will move into the home this September.
Furste said HHBC is working with the Homes For Wounded Warriors Program on the James home. Founded by Capt. Markus Trouerbach — who commands a detachment of the Communications Company of the Headquarters and Service Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, based at Grissom Joint Air Reserve Base — Homes for Wounded Warriors has built or is working on homes for three other injured veterans, in Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and North Carolina.
After connecting with HWWP, Furste was able to bring James to Boone County in March.
“He loved it,” Furste said. “We thought he wanted a home in Lebanon, but these guys who have been hurt in combat really like peace and quiet.”
James liked the rural Advance lot. “That’s what he wanted,” Furste said.