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New home for a vet


U.S. Marine Cpl. Zach Nelson and his wife, Kiley (Moreillon) Nelson, received a warm welcome from friends, family, government officials and the community at Saturday's Homes for Our Troops event at the 4-H Fairgrounds. The veteran, who was paralyzed from his chest down after an accident while serving in Afghanistan, will receive a new home built, thanks to Homes for Our Troops nonprofit organization. The Times photo by Sadie Reecer

U.S. Marine Cpl. Zachary Nelson and his wife Kiley, were both humbled and thankful by a party thrown in their honor to celebrate a new home that would be built for them.

Family, friends, government officials and members of the community attended Saturday's celebration at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds in Noblesville.

The Nelsons will receive a new home, donated to them by Homes for Our Troops, a national nonprofit that partners with builders to construct specially adapted homes for injured veterans.

On July 5, 2012, just two days before his 21st birthday, Nelson, who was stationed as a gunner on top of his vehicle, was paralyzed from the chest down after his vehicle rolled over during a mission to Camp Delaram in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan. His spine was crushed.

While Cpl. Nelson, 23, was born and raised in Kokomo, the couple decided to make their home in Noblesville, the hometown of his wife, Kiley (Moreillon) Nelson.

"My wife grew up here in Noblesville, and in 2013 I decided to move here," he said. "It didn't take long before Noblesville felt like home. Once (Homes for Our Troops) began their process, I was able to choose any city in the United States, and it was not difficult for Kiley and I to decide we wanted to stay in Noblesville. There are so many things I love about this city."

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