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Wounded Marine gets new home in Harnett County

Posted September 19, 2011

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— Ground was broken Monday on a project to help a wounded Marine and his family in Harnett County.

Sgt. Carlos Evans, 31, was on his fourth overseas deployment when he lost both of his legs and left hand when an improvised explosive device detonated in Afghanistan last year.

To help him get around easier, volunteers with "Operation: Coming Home" are building Evan a home near Spring Lake with widened doors and ramps.

"I have met so many good people (who), without even knowing me, they have inspired me to be a better person and to not give up," Evans said Monday. 

carlos evans Marine reunited with comrades

During the ceremony, Evans met with his fellow Marines who helped save him on the battlefield.

When Sgt. Jessy Maynard first got to Evans, his only focus was keeping his fellow Marine out of shock and alive. He said he thought about Evans' wife and two daughters. 

"He just had his youngest and he hasn't been able to hold her yet. That's the biggest thing I wanted was for him to hold his daughter," Maynard said. 

Maynard said Evans is a "true hero" and an inspiration. 

This is the third home to be built and donated by those who formed "Operation: Coming Home." It is a joint venture led by the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County, the Triangle Real Estate and Construction Veterans and supported by Royal Oaks Building Group, Gaines & Company and others. 

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  • fayncmike Sep 20, 6:26 p.m.

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    I know people who are scamming the system and have reported them. NOTHING has been done. My daughter was coached by women who taught her how to get the most money out of government welfare. It is happening everywhere and if you don't understand that it is not being policed correctly, then you need to open your eyes.
    dae66"

    With all due respect, is it possible that you came off as a crackpot? The authorities are deluged with crackpot, crank calls all the time and they have to decide which are worth bothering with.

    By the way, where I come from we call informants, "Rats" No one loves a rat.

  • wildcat Sep 20, 4:17 p.m.

    It is happening everywhere and if you don't understand that it is not being policed correctly, then you need to open your eyes.
    dae66

    The scamming happens because people are not doing their job like they are suppose to be doing it. They should be reported asap and put a stop to it.

  • dae66 Sep 20, 11:21 a.m.

    fayncmike:
    And I suppose you consider yourself competent to make that distinction? Like it or not there are poor people."

    I know people who are scamming the system and have reported them. NOTHING has been done. My daughter was coached by women who taught her how to get the most money out of government welfare. It is happening everywhere and if you don't understand that it is not being policed correctly, then you need to open your eyes.

  • michaelclay Sep 20, 10:50 a.m.

    ORMA, what do you mean the government doesn't care about him? He will be receiving monthly checks for the rest of his life and they won't be small ones. I know that's not a lot for what he's lost but it's something. I thank that it's great that his fellow man is willing to do something for him. So why can't we let them have their moment of praise and leave what the governmet has or hasn't done out of this.

  • loprestw Sep 20, 10:23 a.m.

    Fayncmike seems to have lost touch with reality, maybe he should ride with the police or paramedics or hang out in the ER and see if he believes in his liberalism.

  • fayncmike Sep 20, 8:59 a.m.

    "fayncmike--"And if the government did help him out the Republicans here would say it was some sort of "entitlement" and instead of him being a disabled hero, he's be an object of ridicule and scorn just as other people in need of government assistance are."

    There's a difference between people that actually need government assistance and those that scam the system.
    zacksmill"

    And I suppose you consider yourself competent to make that distinction? Like it or not there are poor people. There will always be poor people. The, "Me, me, me crowd simply has to accept that fact and understand that, if nothing else, they have the obligation as human beings, to make provision for them. Of course I know lots of fat cats are blinded by greed and think only about how much cake they can cram into their mouths. It didn't work for Marie Antoinette and it won't work for you.

  • eccgc Sep 19, 7:39 p.m.

    Thank you for serving our country and risking your life and limbs for us. May God bless you and may he restore to you ten fold.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Sep 19, 7:38 p.m.

    God bless him.

  • zacksmill Sep 19, 7:15 p.m.

    fayncmike--"And if the government did help him out the Republicans here would say it was some sort of "entitlement" and instead of him being a disabled hero, he's be an object of ridicule and scorn just as other people in need of government assistance are."

    There's a difference between people that actually need government assistance and those that scam the system.

  • dae66 Sep 19, 7:14 p.m.

    ORMA: "Fantastic. Too bad the government that sent him into war doesn't seem to be too concerned with him now. What a shame."

    What a shame you have to turn this into something political.

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