Disabled Granby veteran gets new home for new beginning

Hampshire County

A house-warming was held for a new, specially-built home for a disabled Veteran from Granby Thursday.

Wounded during the war in Iraq and confined to a wheelchair, Sergeant Joshua Bouchard was devastated when the home built to accommodate his disability was destroyed by fire in Granby two years ago.

“I was recovering from my injuries and to have something traumatic like a house fire can be overwhelming,” said Marine Sergeant Joshua Bouchard.

But this was a new day, welcoming family and friends into his newly constructed home at the same site where the original inscriptions and flagpole remained intact. Bouchard’s dad, a Navy veteran is so proud of his son.

“Right now my family is, I’m so proud of my son, all the things he’s been going through,” said James Bouchard, Joshua’s dad. “The devastating fire that wreaked havoc in his life, he’s coming through all of that.”

A non-profit group called Homes for our Troops built Joshua’s house as they have for more than 250 other disabled veterans.

Its president attended Friday’s housewarming.

“It’s a wonderful day, anytime we present a home to one of these veterans because when they were injured what they really lost was freedom and independence,” said Tom Landwermeyer, president of Home For Our Troops.

A new home and a new beginning for a western Massachusetts wounded warrior who gave so much in the service of his country.

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