Homes For Our Troops builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives.
Army Sergeant Aaron Jolly is walking proof that support from loved ones and determination go a long way.After an improvised explosive device (IED) blast on his second deployment left him paralyzed in 2011, doctors told Jolly he had a 10% chance of walking again. Last year, he fought against those odds as he took his first few steps with the assistance of a walker. "It made me want to try even harder," Jolly said. "I knew that if I could do that I could do more."Initially paralyzed from the waist down, Jolly has since regained feeling up through his ankles. Right now, Jolly says his main focus is to strengthen his legs enough to support his body. With the aid of his walker, he can currently make a few laps around a room. Soon, he will receive a wheelchair that will facilitate his mobility, allowing him to stand more often. Jolly credits his success to the unending support from his family, as well as his own determination. "My family is always pushing me to keep going and I'm pretty strong willed as it is. Once I decide I'm going to do something, there's no stopping me," he said.Jolly also attributes his progress to the specially adapted custom home he received from Homes For Our Troops in December 2013. In his previous home, there were only a few places he could access. Today, the open floor plan and wide doorways allow him enough room to practice exercises in the comfort of his own home, in addition to the three days a week he already attends physical therapy. Jolly says his HFOT home also makes it easier to do everyday household tasks, like washing dishes and laundry. "I can do just about anything I could do before my injury," he said.