Paralyzed vet gets new Front Range home
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colorado ” Chase Gean got a lot more than pumpkin pie and turkey for Thanksgiving, but he earned it.
Sixteen months ago the former sergeant he laid wounded in Afghanistan after an ambush. The bullet hit his spine and left him paralyzed from the waist down.
A grass roots volunteer organization called “Sentinels of Freedom,” heard about him and quickly found him a job. And that was only a start.
With the aid of the Denver Home Builders Association and others they also got him a house in Highlands Ranch.
“This is amazing. I never thought I could have a house this nice. I never thought I’d be here,” he told KUSA TV.
KUSA said it would have cost him well over $50,000 to do the work on his own. With the help of “Sentinels of Freedom,” Gean didn’t have to pay a dime.
“It gets overwhelming sometimes, but we’re very thankful,” he said as his fiancee, Shannon, sat by his side on their new couch.
Doug Schmaus, an employee of Sheffield Homes, was the foreman of the project. “I’ll tell you, Chase gave up a lot for us and I will do anything to help him out,” he told us.
Gean moved in on Wednesday, and the next day got a smoked turkey and the rest of the trimmings.
On Thursday, Schmaus delivered a smoked turkey and just about everything else to help make an enormous Thanksgiving meal.
“I just remember rolling around and shooting back. The next thing I know, I was on a helicopter,” Gean told KMGH TV of the ambush.
“It has been really rough with the changes — from going from walking to be a paraplegic,” said Gean.
The home was fully furnished, courtesy of RE/MAX, and remodeled free of charge.
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