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Missouri CUs Homes for Our Troops recipient named
ST. LOUIS (9/1/09)--Army Staff Sgt. Robert Canine, a native of Mexico, Mo., will receive the first specially adapted home built by Missouri credit unions and Homes for Our Troops (HFOT).
Click to view larger image Army Staff Sgt. Robert Canine, a native of Mexico, Mo., standing on his new prosthetics, will receive the first specially adapted home built by Missouri credit unions and Homes for Our Troops.
Canine lost both legs below the knee in an explosion when the Humvee he was commanding was attacked in Baghdad, Iraq, on May 17. He is undergoing a year of physical therapy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and learning to walk again on prosthetics. Canine, with his wife, Jennifer, and their eight-year-old son, Sebastian, will then return home to Missouri. Having a specially adapted house to come home to will make a tremendous difference to the family, he said. “I have stayed in homes that are not handicap accessible, and it was a challenge every day to get around,” Canine said. “The assistance I will receive from Homes for Our Troops will eliminate those daily challenges and improve my quality of living every day.” The non-profit group HFOT builds specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans, at no cost to the veteran. The Missouri Credit Union Association has joined forces with HFOT to build homes in the state. “Credit unions’ purpose is to help people and make a difference,” said Missouri Credit Union Association President/CEO Rosie Holub. “We are thrilled to lead the effort in Missouri to build homes for injured veterans that will allow them to focus their attention on recovery and living their lives to the fullest here at home.”
Click to view larger image Robert Canine (center) and his son, Sebastian, and wife, Jennifer, are long-time members of United CU, Mexico, Mo. (Photos provided by the Missouri Credit Union Association)
Canine and his extended family are long-time members of United CU, Mexico, Mo. He found out about the HFOT program from credit union staff shortly after he was injured. “After Bobby was hurt, I thought about Homes for Our Troops and how it could really help them,” said United CU Marketing Manager Heather DeMint. “I explained the program to his family in Mexico to see if they were interested and provided the information he needed to apply.” “We are proud to have Missouri credit unions join us in fulfilling our mission of building specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans,” said John Gonsalves, HFOT president and founder. Credit unions, leagues and the Credit Union National Association also partnered with HFOT and the national presidential conventions in Minnesota and Colorado for similar home projects in those states.
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