BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – On Saturday, volunteers spent the day working on making a Brentwood home accessible for an injured Marine that is returning home for the holidays.
Ben Maenza, 22, was hit by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in October.
The 22-year-old lost both of his legs above the knee in the attack.
“His big wish is to get home for Christmas and the house wasn't prepared to accommodate him or his wheelchair, or his injuries, so we've retrofitted the house in the process of doing that [and] looks like everything is going to be accomplished by the 17th,” Brentwood Police Chief Ricky Watson told News 2.
Watson, along side several other police officers, firefighters and volunteers gave their time on Saturday to help make the transition home for the Marine as easy as possible.
“We are scrambling, trying to make his home accessible for a wheelchair,” mother Jama Maenza told News 2.
When Maenza returns from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. on Friday, he will be able to use the newly donated ramp to get into his Brentwood home.
Several companies have donated their goods and services to the Maenza family and have also agreed to complete the job no matter how long it takes.
“I'm hoping he'll be surprised when he comes home,” Watson said, adding, “It's still humbling to know people would give up a day to do all this for such a great cause to show their appreciation for this marine, for the sacrifices he made.”
Anyone that would like to make a donation to the project can drop off donations at the Brentwood Police Department and Tennessee Commerce Bank.