TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A severely wounded Iraq war veteran is getting a hero's homecoming - to a specially outfitted new home in Tampa.
Army Sgt. Joel Tavera, one of the most gravely wounded survivors of the war, has been in the hospital for nearly four years and had 75 surgeries.
Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Tavera will be part of a 7-mile processional motorcade along flag-lined streets to his new home. The 4,200-square-foot house, built for Tavera and his parents, includes full wheelchair accessibility, a therapy swimming pool, and iPad-controlled electronic controls throughout the home. The nonprofit group, Building Homes for Heroes, helped put it together.
Tavera suffered head trauma, burns, and lost sight in both of his eyes. He also lost his right leg and four fingers.
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