RAMSEY, Minn. -- An injured veteran and his family are getting ready to move into a brand new home in Ramsey and it won't cost them a dime.
Saturday morning, a ceremony and ribbon cutting was held for Army SPC Marco Solt's new home.
In May 2012, Solt was on his first deployment as a combat engineer with the 54th Engineer Battalion in Afghanistan when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device. He lost both his legs below the knees.
Solt's new home is specially adapted to accommodate his injuries. For example, doorways are wider to help his wheelchair pass through. Also, lowered countertops and pull-down cabinets to help Solt get around the kitchen and help with chores.
"The home is totally accessible and it's a safe home and it's a home where he can raise his family and have a beautiful lifetime together," said Major General (USA, Retired) Timothy McHale, president and CEO of Homes for Our Troops.
Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) partnered with the Builders Association of the Twin Cities and Accent Homes to construct the home. A groundbreaking ceremony took place in November 2014; builders started construction in the spring.
The home is mortgage-free.
"It takes you back a little bit because you knew it was going to be a good house but you didn't' know how beautiful it was going to be. Now to actually see the final product, it's amazing," Solt said.
Solt will live in the home with his wife, Eugenia, and two-year-old son.
Senator Al Franken and Senator Amy Klobuchar were among those in attendance for Saturday's ceremony.
The Solts' home is one of nearly 200 specially adapted homes that have been built since 2004 by HFOT. HFOT currently has 110 veterans in their program waiting to receive a specially adapted home.