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Disabled veteran receives new home for the holidays

Posted December 10, 2012

— Christmas came early this year for a Camp Lejeune Marine and his family who are the recipients of a new home built by volunteers wanting to honor disabled veterans for their sacrifice and service to their country.

Marine Lance Cpl. Richie Chavis, 21, lost both of his legs below his knees in November 2009, when he stepped on an improvised explosive device while on a six-month deployment in Afghanistan.

On Monday, he, his wife, Laken, and their two young children – Isaiah, 6, and Madeline, 6-months – were given the keys to their new home – designed especially for Chavis, who uses a wheelchair to get around – in the Lexington Plantation subdivision, just off N.C. Highway 87 in Cameron.

"It means a lot that somebody took the time and took the care to actually sit there and plan that everything needs to be wide enough for the wheelchair to get through," Chavis said. "It means a lot."

Local contractors volunteered the materials and the labor to build the home – a special project of Operation: Coming Home.

Founded in 2007, the effort is collaboration between a local veterans group, called Triangle Real Estate & Construction Veterans, the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County, Royal Oaks Building Group and others.

"This one is 100 percent donated by our subcontractors and vendors," said Rich Van Cassel, of Royal Oaks. "They make it happen."

Since 2008, the nonprofit has built three other homes for wounded veterans in the area – another in Cameron and two others in Fuquay-Varina.

Last year, it built a home for Carlos Evans, a Marine who lost his hand and both of his legs when he stepped on a bomb.


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  • workingforthosethatwont Dec 10, 2012

    Great story!

  • free2bme Dec 10, 2012

    This is a wonderful story. Just lets you know there are some good people in this world that care about others. My uncle was a marine and definitely had a hard time when he returned home from deployment so I know this is a a needed program. I pray Marine Lance Cpl Chavis enjoys his new home and that those who made it possible are richly blessed.

  • Walkin Man Dec 10, 2012

    Very nice, we should be doing a lot more for our veterans, they do so very much for us.

  • ttc248 Dec 10, 2012

    Awesome. A very Merry Christmas and Thank You to you, your wife and children for the sacrifices you have made. I honor you today. God Bless the givers of this great gift as well.

  • BEACH Dec 10, 2012

    Thank you for your service, and I am glad you are getting a new home. We need to help all these vets who are hurt.

  • nopartyloyalty Dec 10, 2012

    Marine Lance Cpl. Chavis enjoy your new home!!!

  • Unbroken Dec 10, 2012


    C'mon. One of these days I will read a thread that has not one, single political comment. One of these days. Hopefully.

  • topfan4unc Dec 10, 2012

    Glad you are getting this home and thank you for the sacrifice you have made in the service to your country and for your country.

  • ctya Dec 10, 2012

    Something worth reading. May many more be blessed.

  • Half Red Half Blue Dec 10, 2012