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Bush presents funding for local home
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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.