Quadruple Amputee War Vet Receives Gift of Home

By Jeff Richardson
|  Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010  |  Updated 9:16 PM EDT
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He lost all four limbs in Iraq. Now, home in Staten Island, Specialist Brendan Marrocco has been given an amazing gift.

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When 23-year old Brendan Marrocco left for Iraq in October of 2008 he never thought he would be coming home the way that he did. 

During the early morning hours of Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009 the Staten Island native was returning to base after a night mission.  It was then that Marrocco's vehicle sustained a direct hit by what the military calls an "Explosive Fired Projectile."

The projectile entered the vehicle through his door and changed his life for ever. He sustained severe injuries including a severed carotid artery, and now Marrocco is a quadruple amputee.

On Thursday he was given the gift of a new home thanks to the "Building Homes for Heroes Program" and members of New York's Bravest helped raise the roof.

"They say I really deserve it, but there's so many other people in my mind that deserve it more than I," said Marrocco.

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