Jeff Pack
Staff Writer

With just a couple of weeks to go until United States Marine First Sergeant Marcus Wilson and his family receive the keys to his new, specially adapted home in Winchester, dozens of volunteers showed up for a volunteer landscaping event on Saturday, Jan. 11. 

First Sgt. Wilson, along with Army Specialist Carlos Gomez (in Menifee), will receive their new homes officially at separate Key Ceremony events on Saturday, Jan. 25.

The volunteer day, like the building of the new home for First Sgt. Wilson was organized by Homes for Our Troops, a national nonprofit organization, and involved laying sod and planting trees and flowers in preparation for the veteran’s homecoming. 

First Sgt. Wilson was severely injured in Iraq and the home has more than 40 adaptations including lower countertops and roll-under sinks. 

The Key Ceremony for First Sgt. Wilson will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at the home located at 31625 Monaco Court in Winchester. Army Specialist Gomez, who was severely injured in Afghanistan, will receive his keys earlier in the day, starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at his new home, located at 32698 Mira Street in Menifee.

Homes For Our Troops relies on contributions from donors, supporters, and corporate partners for the building of each veteran’s home. Currently, there are more than 80 home-build projects for injured veterans in various stages of completion nationwide. 

For more information, visit www.hfotusa.org.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com