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Wounded soldier receives keys to new, custom built home

POSEY CO., IN (WFIE) -

It's been a long road home for a Tri-State soldier who lost his legs in Iraq.

Sgt. Kenneth Harker was on his second tour of duty in 2008 when he was wounded in a bombing.

For three years, he recovered at Walter Reed. Then last year, he returned to a house with narrow doors and hallways that was too cramped for his new wheelchair.

Thursday, thanks to a national organization and a team of volunteers, the Harkers accepted the new keys to a brand new, custom home.

It was the most traffic sleepy West Franklin Road in Posey County had seen at one time, in a long time.

A procession to deliver Sgt. Kenneth Harker and his family to their new home.

"When I first heard of homes for troops, I thought it was like a line being fed to me," Kenneth said. "That's an awful lot to give someone."

But four years later, here they are. The group called Homes for Troops organized a build brigade to custom-build a wheelchair accessible home for Kenneth.

It would have low countertops, spacious rooms, and a large shower in the master bath.

The group asked for help from volunteers, contractors, anybody with a skill, and the people came.

That was July. Thursday, at a ceremonial open house, the Harkers got the keys.

Did we mention it's a four bedroom house? That might be a good thing.

"Yes, we are expecting baby number two, so, like I say, with a new home comes new babies and you know, it's icing on the cake," Heather Harker told us.

Now that the Harkers have the keys, they say they'll spend one last Christmas in their old house and start the new year off in their new home.

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