Spring Lake, N.C. — 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.
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.