A New Home for a Soldier Brings a New Meaning for Independence Day

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Independence Day will have a much greater significance this year for A1C David E. Rogers as he heads home from McGuire VAMC. Rogers was stationed in Spangdahlem, Germany when he received a traumatic brain injury in a car accident. Although the injury rendered Rogers a quadriplegic, he has regained some use of his limbs. Nevertheless, Rogers requires special care and uses a wheelchair. Because of this, Rogers, will be discharged to the care of his parents, Lauri and David Sr., and siblings Andrew, Aaron, Zoe, and Victoria. Rogers will be moving into a home design by Main Street Homes specifically for his continued journey toward recovery and toward personal independence.

Independence Day will have a much greater significance this year for A1C David E. Rogers as he heads home from McGuire VAMC.

Independence Day will have a much greater significance this year for A1C David E. Rogers as he heads home from McGuire VAMC.

Rogers was stationed in Spangdahlem, Germany where he worked as a maintainer on F-16 and A-10 aircraft. Rogers received a traumatic brain injury in a car accident that occurred in May 2009 while driving to base to report for duty. Although the injury rendered Rogers a quadriplegic, he has regained some use of his limbs. Nevertheless, Rogers requires special care and uses a wheelchair. Because of this, Rogers, will be discharged to the care of his parents, Lauri and David Sr., and siblings Andrew, Aaron, Zoe, and Victoria. Rogers' older sister, Erica, lives in Northern Virginia.

The Rogers' family has relocated to the Richmond area from Ohio in order to continue outpatient care at the McGuire VAMC Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center. David’s recovery so far has been nothing less than miraculous. Working with the VA, he has been able to achieve limited use of his limbs that allow him to communicate with a keyboard, do limited walking, therapeutic horseback riding, rock wall climbing, fly fishing, and ride a recumbent bicycle.

When Rogers is released from the VA, he’ll be going home with his family to Brading Park at Collington, to a home built by Main Street Homes and specifically customized for him. The Main Street Homes Design Team reviewed the floorplan with the Rogers Family room by room to make the changes that David would need. On the first floor they added an entire suite with ADA compliant modifications. In addition the home has wheel-in access, wider doorways and handicap accessible shower and bathroom facilities. Vernon McClure, President of Main Street Homes said “I’m happy that we could help the Rogers family and build a home that will be a part of David’s continued journey toward recovery and toward personal independence.”

Founded in 1996, Main Street Homes is renowned for building homes with quality and style, and is Richmond’s #1 locally owned builder. Recognized for their award-winning home plan designs and their unparalleled customer service, Main Street Homes is a leader in the Richmond metro area.

David Rogers is expected to move into his new home and take the next step in his recovery process on July 7, 2010.

‘A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'

For more information about Main Street Homes, call 804-794-3138 or go to http://www.GoMSH.com

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