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Bush presents funding for local home

Walking out of rehab two years after losing both legs to a land mine in Afghanistan, Charles “Chaz” Allen and his family will be walking into their new life after the Army and they have selected Warren County as their home.
“It’s close to family plus there’s peace and quiet,” said Allen of their choice of McMinnville after two years of rehab in Washington D.C. Allen noted his wife, the former Jessica Collins, grew up in McMinnville.
Allen completed his rehabilitation two years ahead of plan as he was scheduled to remain under care in the Washington area for four years due to the seriousness of his injuries. Allen lost both legs and suffered a major arm injury when he stepped on an IED while on patrol Jan. 22, 2011.
“The location here is great because of the new highway. We will only have to make three turns to get to the VA in Murfreesboro,” said Jessica, noting the land they selected is located just off Nashville Highway on Crisp Springs Road.
The house, for which ground will be broken Monday at noon with the public invited to attend, has been made possible by a nonprofit organization which seeks to help soldiers wounded in the line of duty. The organization, Helping A Hero, is based out of Houston, Texas and is planning to help 40 wounded servicemen and their families this year.
One of their most recent projects was featured on the TV show “Extreme Home Makeover.” In the case of the Allens, the funding for their house was presented to them by former President George W. Bush, who is a supporter of the organization.
The house will be built with Chaz’s needs in mind. The structure will be a one-level home where the family of four, including their two young daughters, will settle down.
“We hope to be moved in before school starts in August,” Jessica said. “We look forward to our children attending school in Warren County.”
Jessica pointed out she was assisted in securing the land for the house by local realtor Donna Campbell, who was her third-grade music teacher when she attended school here.
“Our family wants to invite everyone to the ground breaking this Monday at noon,” Jessica said.
The best way to find the site coming from town is to turn right at the old Red Dog onto Crisp Springs Road.
Representatives from the Helping A Hero foundation will be at the ground breaking along with the Allens.

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