Published: Jul 12, 2011 9:58 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 12, 2011 9:00 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla -  A year ago today, Private First Class Corey Kent lost both legs and some fingers when a bomb exploded in Afghanistan.

Now more than two dozen local companies are banding together to build this hometown hero a new home that fit his needs.

Construction crews took the first steps to build Private First Class Corey Kent's apartment.

It'll be built behind Corey's parents home in Cape Coral.

The 500 square foot apartment is handicapped accessible designed to give Corey his independence.

"I'm looking forward to it. It's a big deal to me. I'm excited. It means a lot to me when people show support like this," PFC Corey Kent told WINK News.

Private First Class Corey Kent is humbled by the community's support.

Tuesday he raised the American flag outside his parents' Cape Coral home as a kick-off to the construction project that will change his life for the better.

"I think it'll be a stepping stone like a transition between living with a caretaker full time and being completely on my own. It'll give me time to adjust," Kent said.

The project is made possible through the US Forces Fund.

It's a local non-profit that helps injured soldiers when they come home.

"His story inspired us to start this project," said Trey Radel, who founded the organization.

Radel is teaming up with Gates Construction and more than 30 other local companies.

The $75,000 apartment, is 500 square feet and handicapped accessible.

"The intent was to give Corey a sense of independence. It's a self sustaining apartment on the back of his home with a kitchenette, living room, and a bedroom," said Todd Gates, President of Gates Construction.

This news is bittersweet for Corey.

Today is the one year anniversary since he was critically injured in Afghanistan.

"It's nice I'm getting support like this on this day, but I'm probably going to take a few minutes to myself at some point and think about it all," he said.

The project will take 3 months to complete.

For more information about the US Forces Fund, look under the "Hotlinks" section.