A local veteran who's gone through 20 surgeries is given a gift he can use every day.
After two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, Army Staff Sergeant Jason Gibson was seriously injured and left wheelchair bound.
“We were clearing the path looking for bombs and I found one the easy way. I got blown up I lost my legs at the hip and here I am now,” Gibson said.
Gibson is back in his hometown at the site of his new Marysville home.
Gibson will receive a custom-built home, mortgage-free, through the home for our troops program.
“It’s almost overwhelming. I can't wrap my mind around a house built for me. Most people spend their lives to that,” Gibson said.
The house is designed specifically for someone in a wheelchair, allowing him to do much more on his own.
“So there are no bumps, boundaries. There’s a hard wood floor with roll under sinks with accessible bathroom and the laundry I can finally do on my own,” Gibson said.
His wife Kara says she's happy her husband can finally have that independence.
“It’s good to see for everyone to see what an amazing guy he is. I already know that so it’s good for everyone to see that too,” Kara said.
Gibson smiled throughout the event, showing how grateful he is for the donations and volunteers in his community.
“I never expected this much support from Union County I didn't expect the turn out that we had it was amazing,” Gibson said.
Gibson is enrolled at Ohio state and he hopes to major in engineering.