New home for wounded East Tennessee veteran

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A wounded East Tennessee veteran is finally adjusting to his new home thanks to hundreds of volunteers from around the country.

Retired Marine veteran Cody Evans lost his legs to an IED explosion in 2011.

Volunteers across 14 states finished building his fully handicapped-accessible home in Speedwell on Sunday.

Among them, a retired New York firefighter who survived the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center. He said this week’s camaraderie helped to heal the pain from that day.

“We lost 343 firemen that day, 23 New York City police officers, 37 port authority police officers, 15 EMTs and three court officers,” he said. “This is a great copic mechanism for us. This is our way of working through some of the events that we dealt with, and getting past that.”

He, along with more than an estimate 800 volunteers, paid it forward for Evans, building his house in just seven days.

Evans said he is thankful for all the dedication and hard work.

“It’s pretty awesome,” he said. “It’s been an emotional day.”

(© 2016 WBIR)

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