East Valley veteran gets new home and disability accommodation

QUEEN CREEK — For an injured veteran, the road to recovery can be long and difficult. There are times when a vet may wonder if someone appreciates their sacrifice.

“I just thought I would spend my days adapting and overcoming like I was taught in the Marine Corps,” Corporal Yevgenity Shenker said.

At Queen Creek on Saturday, Shenker and his family met some people who care. They say a big thank you to him for his service and his sacrifice.

In 2011, Shenker and six other Marines were seriously injured in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device detonated.

It took a year for Shenker, who lost a leg, to learn to walk again.

While Shenker can get around using a wheelchair, most homes aren’t built to accommodate injured veterans. With the help of Houses for our troopslocal contractors and their new neighbors, the Shenker family will soon be living in a purpose-built new home that will provide the injured veteran with the access he lacks today.

“Most people take it for granted to walk outside. Take it for granted to walk through a door to go to the bathroom, take a shower, take a bath. This house will allow me to do those things on my own,” Shenker said.

Homes for our Troops says it has raised funds to purchase the land and build more than 325 homes since 2004. The organization depends primarily on donor contributions.

The houses are equipped with special adaptations for injured veterans. For local entrepreneur Charles Waiser, whose company designs the kitchen, it’s a labor of love.

“For us, it’s a way to give back,” Waiser said. “We see vets struggling in the kitchen. We’ve been able to adapt them so they can cook their dinners, wash their dishes, and get in and out of the bathroom.”

Shenker’s house is framed and the roof is coming soon. The freedom to live the life he wants is just months away.

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