MINNETRISTA, Minn. - In his years with the Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen was known for his on-field passion and drive to succeed.
Even though he is now with the Chicago Bears, Allen is bringing the same intensity to a project that will improve life for a Minnesota soldier who was wounded in battle. The All-Pro returned to the Twin Cities Thursday to break ground on a new handicap accessible home for Marine Corporal Colin Faust, who was badly wounded after stepping on and improvised explosive device (IED) while serving in Afghanistan in 2010. Faust lost his left leg and severely injured his right leg and left arm.
The home, which will be built in Minnetrista,is the first 'from the ground up' build for Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors, a foundation that has remodeled and expanded on a number of homes to make them more accessible for wounded vets. The foundation will partner with the local Carpenters Union, Floor Covering Union, Cement Masons Union, Tile Setters/Brick Layers Union, Electricians Union and Homeco Insulators to complete the home.
Corporal Faust currently lives in a patio home in Mankato that is not especially suitable for his wheelchair.
More information can be found at the Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors website.