Retired 1st Lt. Nicholas Morris is getting closer to moving into his new home here in Montrose.
Morris is one of two veterans in Montrose to receive an adapted house from the nonprofit Homes for Our Troops. The organization will be hosting a volunteer day at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at 6840 Road, Montrose. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m.
On Saturday, volunteers will be asked to help landscape Morris’ future home. The project includes laying sod and planting trees and flowers. Volunteers are asked to bring gardening gloves and small garden tools. Those who help out will receive a Homes for Our Troops T-shirt and lunch.
As previously reported, Morris was injured in Afghanistan in June 2011 while on a resupply mission with 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division. An unexpected pressure plate explosive device blew up under the vehicle in which Morris was traveling, injuring him, four other soldiers and killing their interpreter.
He sustained injuries to both legs, a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), and a broken back and jaw. He was eventually transferred to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. where he underwent 30 surgeries in three months. His right leg had to be amputated and he wears a brace on his left.
After his injury, Morris started climbing and hiking, and hopes to be the first amputee to summit all Colorado 14ers. He is also looking forward to being involved in the Montrose community by participating in local politics such as running for mayor or starting a nonprofit focused on troubled youth.
Homes For Our Troops is a national nonprofit that builds new, adapted homes for severely injured post 9/11 veterans across the U.S. Each home built is adapted to veteran’s needs allowing him or her to access the home completely and be independent. Morris’ home will be suited to his exact needs.