Wounded Army Vet Gets Special S.I. Homecoming

Sunday, Jun 12, 2011  |  Updated 10:50 AM EDT
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A Staten Island community rallied to build a new house for wounded Iraq Army Specialist Brendan Marrocco, who lost both arms in 2009.

NBC New York

A Staten Island community rallied to build a new house for wounded Iraq Army Specialist Brendan Marrocco, who lost both arms in 2009.

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An Army veteran who lost both arms and legs in Iraq received a special homecoming in Staten Island.

Volunteers presented Army Specialist Brendan Marrocco with the keys to his new home Saturday, designed especially for him.

The home is completely accessible with an elevator to get him upstairs and remote-controlled apppliances.

It was funded entirely by donations.

Marrocco was wounded when his truck was hit by an explosive device in Iraq back in 2009.

The 25-year-old said the new house will help restore his independence.

"Finally I can leave the hospital, institutional area and just go back to life," Marrocco said.

It took 10 months to build the two-story high-tech house.

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