ANDALE, Kansas — Sgt. James “Matt” Amos used prosthetic legs and a cane to walk awestruck through his new home in Andale, built by local volunteers and a charity based out of Massachusetts for the wounded veteran.
“I really don’t think you can put into words,” said Amos. “It’s just amazing, the support of the community.”
Amos was wounded in action in Afghanistan in June 2011. The Marine lost both of his legs and shattered his pelvis.
He’s spent the last two years in California recovering through a dozen surgeries. Both Matt and his wife, Audrie are 1999 graduates of Andale High School and decided to return to Kansas when Homes for Our Troops contacted the family about building them a home.
Dozens of volunteers who hadn’t seen the Amos’ in a decade helped build the home. Cargill Beef donated $100,000.
“Folks in these communities genuinely love these men and women who have been wounded and they want to take care of them,” said Larry Gill with Homes for Our Troops.
Matt couldn’t get from room to room in their last home. This new one features low appliances, a huge shower, and plenty of space for Matt, Audrie and their two daughters.
“Now he’ll be able to be really a part of the family again,” said Audrie Amos.
This is the second house Homes for Our Troops has helped build in Kansas. For information about the group, including how to donate money or time, can be found on their website: https://www.hfotusa.org/