Protecting our freedom comes at a cost. That burden is willingly shouldered by our military families. Home at Last strives to come along side of those carrying that burden. Handicap accessible homes is the least we can offer by way of thanks for the sacrifices they have made.
Our servicemen and women often lay it all on the line in order to protect our country and our freedom, routinely going Above and Beyond. We can repay them in part by offering assistance and support when they return home. Home at Last strives to do our part by assisting combat disabled veterans with handicap accessible homes.
With a goal of one home per year, Home at Last is looking for partnerships from area businesses and individuals. If you are interested in sponsoring or assisting with building costs please contact us. Monetary donations are accepted online or via mail.
West Orange Habitat for Humanity is proud to announce the undertaking of "Home At Last 2014" - building a home for another disabled veteran and his family.
This will be the sixth Home at Last project honoring a combat-wounded veteran of the military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. This family is the Tovet’s – Marine Sergeant Stephen Tovet (Ret) & wife Krystina. Sgt. Tovet enlisted in the Marines in June 2006 after graduating from High School and was deployed to Iraq in 2007. He was subsequently deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. He was wounded from an IED blast while on patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, by a buried pressure plate on May 30, 2011. The explosion severely injured his left leg, left hand and right lower leg. The injuries required amputation of his left leg above the knee, part of his left hand, and the surgical reconstruct of his left hand, lower right leg, ankle and foot. The injuries put him into a coma for about a week. He was transferred to the Army hospital in Landstuhl, Germany and then to the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland for further treatment and rehabilitation.
Sgt. Tovet was born in Orlando, FL and grew up in Apopka. Stephen and Krystina were High School sweethearts and attended Apopka High School together. They were initially married in a small ceremony at the Apopka Courthouse in 2010 when Stephen was on leave. They reconfirmed their wedding vows again in 2012 in a bigger wedding after Stephen completed his rehabilitation. They are currently living in old modular house that is in disrepair and difficult to navigate his wheelchair.
Central Florida is where they grew up and wish to make their home. A "disability friendly" house will be built for them in Southwest Orange County. Future plans call for raising a family and starting a firearms business.
To succeed, this special project needs the support of local citizens, clubs, corporations, businesses, churches, civic groups and organizations. If you have been wanting "to do something" for our troops but haven't figured out exactly what that "to do" is, you need look no further, for this is it! This is a way to honor our troops who have sacrificed so much to ensure our freedom and safety.
God Bless Our Troops and Keep Them Safe