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Homes for Our Troops Partnered with a Philadelphia builder, The McKee Group, Donates a New Home to a Local Severely Disable Veteran of the Iraq War


Springfield, Delaware Co., PA (PRWeb) December 14, 2006 -- Massachusetts based non-profit organization, Homes for Our Troops and Philadelphia area builder The McKee Group will hold the key turnover ceremony for severely wounded veteran, SGT Pisey Tan at 167 Youngs Avenue in Woodlyn, Ridley Township, Delaware County, 3:30 p.m. The momentous unveiling to Pisey and his family with its unique surprises will be attended by the many supporters, contributors and donors of the project.

While serving in the United States Army, Sergeant Tan, who is from North Philadelphia, was deployed twice to Iraq. During his second deployment with the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armored Regiment, Pisey's vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. The injuries suffered by Pisey forced the amputation of both of his legs. He continues to undergo intense physical rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Homes for Our Troops was contacted by a Philadelphia area builder, Frank McKee and his wife Karen, who saw HFOT on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition show and was moved to sponsor a home building project for a wounded veteran in their area. With the help of local businesses and dedicated volunteers and countless hours put in by the employees at The McKee Group, Pisey will now have a new home suited to his particular needs as a double amputee.

This home presentation is the 11th home building/adaptation project and one of the three to five home presentations Homes for Our Troops expects to make to wounded veterans around the country during the holiday season.

About Homes for Our Troops
Founded on February 4, 2004, Homes for Our Troops is a Massachusetts-based 501(c)(3) non-partisan, non-profit organization building specially adapted homes for disabled veterans of war. The organization is strongly committed to assisting disabled and seriously injured veterans and their immediate families by raising donations of money, building materials and enlisting the help of professional contractors to volunteer on the homes built for our American Heroes who have given up so much to defend America.

Since 2004, Homes for Our Troops have helped many wounded veterans by providing handicap accessible homes at no cost to the veterans or their families. We now have over Two Dozen home projects completed or underway across the country.

Homes for Our Troops has also received awards and recognition from many sources for their efforts some examples:

*Daughters of the American Revolution 2006 Medal of Honor
*2005 & 2006 Newman's Own Award
*ENR Tops 25 Newsmakers Award
*Home Magazine's 2005 Home Shelter Award

About The McKee Group
The McKee Group, Inc., working with Homes For Our Troops, broke ground on this state of the art home at 167 Youngs Avenue in Woodlyn, Ridley Township, Delaware County on September 11th. The house is a Clayton model design from McKee's Foxfield, a 55+ clubhouse community in Bethel Township. The McKee Group's expertise in 55+ housing made them a natural fit to build a house that meets Pisey's needs. The McKee Group is a privately-owned developer of active adult communities and builder of award-winning 55+ and luxury homes in PA, DE and MD. The company also owns and manages apartments, office buildings, self-storage facilities and a world-class marina and yacht sales operation.

For additional information contact:
John Gonsalves
Company Name: Homes for Our Troops
Telephone Number: 508-823-3300 Cell: 508-331-2266
Web site address: www.homesforourtroops.org

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