Staff Sgt. Robert Canine receives keys to new home

Saturday, June 26, 2010 | 11:03 p.m. CDT; updated 6:58 p.m. CDT, Sunday, June 27, 2010
Sgt. Nicholas Linn stands by as Sgt. Corey Hessler hugs Staff Sgt. Robert Canine upon reuniting at Canine's new house Saturday. At their feet rest the helmet and pack Canine had with him during the explosion in Baghdad, in which he lost his legs. Hessler and Linn recovered the gear from the evacuation site in Baghdad; and, as they returned the pack to Canine, assured him that it contained "all things good," a phrase commonly used among Canine and his comrades.

COLUMBIA — Staff Sgt. Robert Canine, who lost both of his legs during an explosion in Baghdad, received his new house from Homes for Our Troops, an organization that builds homes for veterans with severe injuries from in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Volunteers gathered Friday to clean the house at 5002 Laredo Trail before the keys were turned over.


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Missouri Credit Union sponsored the build with Homes for Our Troops and Beacon Street Construction. Since the build brigade was held in April, the house has been completed with donated materials and professional services — electrical, plumbing and household appliances were all given from local businesses and individuals.

Neighbors from the Thornbrook area, friends and family pitched in to prepare the house for the key turnover ceremony.


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