HARRISVILLE — Navy veteran Justin Hendrickson received keys to a new home Saturday thanks to Homes For Our Troops.
The nonprofit organization and Channellock honored Hendrickson Saturday during a ceremony.
Ryan DeArment, Channellock vice president of sales and marketing, presented Hendrickson with Channellock tools. The company said it was honored to work with such an outstanding organization to serve Hendrickson, who was selected for the project because of the injury he sustained in Afghanistan.
“Justin Hendrickson is an inspiring hero whose story and commitment to our country has touched us all here at Channellock,” DeArment said. “As an American company, we want to recognize the sacrifice that Veterans like Justin have made for the preservation of our freedom and safety. He has given so much to our country, and we can’t imagine a greater honor than to give Justin the freedom and safety at home that he deserves.”
Hendrickson enlisted in the Navy shortly after finishing high school and was first deployed to Afghanistan in 2004 with the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines. In May 2005, he was on a resupply mission in Iraq when his vehicle drove over an improvised explosive device (IED), causing him to lose his right leg. He returned to the U.S. to endure numerous surgeries and rigorous therapy, but most notably, met and married his wife of 10 years, Jennie.
While the couple has steadfast optimism about their future, they are still facing some challenges. Jennie Hendrickson was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2016. In addition, the couple’s living situation is not accessible to Justin Hendrickson in his physical condition. It is for these reasons that Homes For Our Troops constructed the open floor plan home for the couple, which the couple elected to build north of Pittsburgh. Justin Hendrickson now teaches college courses in the area and is a nurse at the local hospital.
“I am very humbled and honored to be receiving a home from (Homes For Our Troops), sponsors like Channellock, and the community, where my wife and I can live barrier-free post injury,” Hendrickson said. “It will also enable us to care for one another while living life to its fullest. I really couldn’t want or ask for anything more. Thank you so much to everyone, this is truly a blessing.”
“It is because of brave men and women like Justin that we as Americans can maintain and enjoy the freedoms we have today. It is our obligation as a nation to ensure these Veterans receive the adapted homes they need and deserve,” Homes For Our Troops president Tom Landwermeyer said.