BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – A Brentwood Marine who lost both legs to an explosion in Afghanistan, returned home Friday to find his parent's house remodeled to fit his needs.
Pfc. Ben Maenza, 22, was seriously injured by an improvised explosive device on October 21.
He spent time in a hospital in Germany before arriving at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington D.C.
Maenza returned to his parent's newly remodeled and wheelchair accessible home in Brentwood for the first time on Friday. He arrived in a stretch limousine accompanied by Brentwood Police escorts.
“All this is just overwhelming,” Maenza said.
The renovations to the family's home occurred after Brentwood Police Chief Ricky Watson heard the 22-year-olds story.
Watson started an effort to completely re-design the family's home in time for the injured marine's arrival.
In 10 days, workers completed most of the work to the home, including transforming an unfinished basement into a wheelchair accessible apartment.
“I'm hoping that this makes him comfortable at home, I know he's going to be proud to be home,” Chief Watson said.
HomeLift is installing a one-story chairlift, which works as an outdoor elevator. The lift will carry Maenza's wheelchair between the two levels of his home.
Mother, Jama Maenza said having her son home makes this the best Christmas ever.
She also thanked the volunteers who spent time readying her home for her son's much anticipated return home.
“It's unbelievable, I'm very happy…I can't thank people enough,” Jama Maenza said.
- Dec. 11, 2010: Volunteers work to make home accessible for injured Marine