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Injured Brentwood Marine Given New Home

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by Chris Conte

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - As a Lance Corporal in the Marines, Ben Maenza said he never intended to come home with a Purple Heart. 

"No one really wants the Purple Heart, but I'll take it," the 24-year-old explained in an interview last year.

"I got injured on October 21st, 2010," he said.

Maenza was on patrol in Afghanistan that day in October. He put one foot forward, when an IED erupted beneath his feet. When he woke up in the hospital, both of his legs were gone. 

"I don't think they (Afghan rebels) are trying to kill us, just trying to maim us, demoralize us," he said about the war. 

Maenza has adjusted to life using two prosthetic legs but said he prefers to use his wheelchair to get around when he's at home- a scenario which presented a lot of challenges at his parent's two story home.

The group Home for Our Troops gave Ben a new house in Brentwood on Sunday that is completely accessible to how he needs to get around.

"It's been a lot of pain and struggles and suffering but there's also been a lot of beautiful things behind it too," he said after being given the keys to his new home.

The one story ranch came complete with doors that open automatically and kitchen cabinets that lower down to Ben's level when he needs them.

Maenza said he knew the kind gesture won't change what happened but he said he's nothing but grateful for the outpouring of support he's received.

"A lot of people came together and made this happen for me and I'm blessed"

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