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'People truly care': Inspiring messages line walls of retired Marine's new home

Posted March 6

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— A Chatham County community is coming together to support a retired Marine who lost both legs in an IED explosion six years ago.

Sgt. Michael Frazier, of Pittsboro, will move into a handicap accessible home in September, but on Monday he was able to see messages family members, friends and supporters wrote on the beams of his forever home.

"I'm speechless," he said. "It shows that people truly care. That what we did wasn't totally in vain."

The home, donated by the Gary Sinise Foundation, will help to restore independence for the husband and father of two.

"Taking a shower - what I have now is just a small little shower bench that I have to sit on and I've fallen off numerous times," Frazier said. "With this house, we're actually going to have a shower bench built into the wall...nice and wide and I'll be able to sit and not have to worry about slipping off."

Retired Master Sgt. John Masson went through similar struggles until he received a home from the same foundation a few years ago.

"These homes and what they provide is really amazing," Masson said. "You don't have to be uncomfortable in any way, shape or form. You can get through every hallway, every doorway, every bathroom...it's just wonderful. It's a blessing."

"The things that we have to struggle through on a day-to-day basis you would never think of, uninjured."

Frazier said the home means he will not have to think about those things either.

"It is definitely our forever home," Frazier said.

Frazier's wife is a nurse in the Navy. The family currently lives on base in Virginia.

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