Volunteers Build Home On S.I. For Iraq War Vet

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Volunteers unveiled a labor of love for Army Specialist Brendan Marrocco. He lost both arms and both legs 26 months ago when an explosive hit his vehicle in Iraq, and spent the last two years in physical therapy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

On Saturday, family and friends gave 25-year-old Marrocco a homecoming at a house designed especially for him on Staten Island.

“It still doesn’t feel real to me. It really hasn’t from the beginning, but it’s amazing, really, for me to have a place as my own,” he said. “Without them this wouldn’t be possible.”

Among those spearheading the effort are his brothers in injury, the group Building Homes for Heroes, and the family of New York City firefighter Stephen Siller who died on 9/11.

“You’re filled with such emotion when you do something like this. It just brings out the best in everybody,” said Frank Siller of the Stephen Siller Children’s Foundation.

Inside Brendan’s new home, the kitchen counters lower automatically and the cabinets drop out. Everything is designed for Brendan’s comfort.

Even the outside of the house is tailored specifically for Brendan. The ramps are heated so the snow melts away in the winter, and the front yard isn’t grass. It’s gravel, so it requires virtually no maintenance.

“My boys are home. They’re home now. It’s been a long time coming and I didn’t think it would be this long and I’m just so thankful,” said Michelle Marrocco, Brendan’s mother.

“We’re going to get involved in supporting wounded veterans, wounded soldiers and we’re going to pay back and do for them what’s been done for Brendan,” Alex Marrocco, Brendan’s father, promised.

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  • Mark Phillips

    Awesome Brendan, have been following the progress since it started! You’re in my thoughts and prayers and best to you and your family…and your new home! Building Homes for Heroes and the Siller Family continue to inspire —hope to see you at the Tunnel to Towers this year!

  • Bob Fowler

    I wonder if sensationalizing stories like this, instead of the TMZ scandal of the day, would make the world a better place? I wonder if people heard about doing good for others, rather than about how to lie, cheat and steal, if they would emulate the good behavior? Hippies taught us to use sex as a random act of pleasure. Soap operas taught us that too much is never enough, and that relationships are fleeting. Hip hop has taught us that women/girls are bit-hes and ho’s

    No, I don’t expect Utopia, but wouldn’t it be a better world if we focused on the good more so than the wrong? Good job to all who lend their help to providing for those less fortunate. Keep up the good work.

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    • Angela Gaeth

      Thank you for everything you did for our country.

  • cecelia

    Hats off to you Brendan. You deserve it. Best Wishes to you in your New Home.

  • Suzie Broomes

    That is just awesome and a perfect way to say thanks to this veteran. An d from an Army Wife I wanna say a huge Thank you and your late brother
    Thanks for your service!

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