By Submitted Story on March 6, 2023
Five-Time NFL Pro Bowler Jared Allen and his foundation, Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors (JAH4WW), and general contractor Smith Contracting are excited to announce the completion of a mortgage-free, 100-percent accessible home in Grandy, NC built for local wounded United States Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Staff Sergeant Chris Burrell.
The home for SSG Burrell is the second home built by JAH4WW in North Carolina. A previous home, located in Autryville, was completed in 2018 for Special Forces Veteran Chris Corbin.
SSG Burrell was critically wounded while deployed in Iraq on December 26, 2007. While leaving on a mission to support Iraqi police three explosively formed penetrators pierced the vehicle he was riding in, one of them severing his left leg above the knee. Although he was injured, he was not willing to accept a medical discharge, determined to serve through to his retirement. After recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center, in the summer of 2010 he was able to return to Fort Bragg to continue his military career. He served there until his retirement in 2021 after 20+ years of service.
Chris previously lived in a home where stairs were dangerous obstacles, showering was a perilous task, and the absence of other handicap-accessible features could lead to further injuries making daily life more difficult for him as an amputee. His new home is 100-percent accessible and tailored specifically to accommodate SSG Burrell’s injuries. It includes adaptations which will make it easier for him to live his daily life in the comfort of a home that works for him.
The ribbon cutting ceremony for the home will be at the site at 110 Richmond Court in Grandy on Tuesday, March 7 at 12:30 p.m.