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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition selects soldier paralyzed in Ft. Hood shooting

by Louis Ojeda Jr.

SALADO - A Fort Hood soldier who was paralyzed in the Nov. 5, 2009 shooting will have a new home, thanks to ABC's hit-program "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

Construction began on Monday on a dream home in Central Texas for Staff Sergeant Patrick Zeigler and his fiancee, Jessica Hansen.

SSG Zeigler was paralyzed after the Fort Hood attack when he suffered gun shot wounds to the head and three other places on his body.  He spent more than 10 months in the hospital and is exceeding doctor's expectations as he is now walking with the aid of a cane.

A year after the tragic events, Zeigler led the Run to Remember marathon on a modified bicycle.

The couple's home is being built in Salado, about 15 miles south of Temple, and will be completed in just seven days.

"It's an incredibly moving and inspiring to see the courage and commitment that this young couple has shown in fighting back from their terrible tragedy," said Eddie Martin, President of Tilson Homes.

Zeigler and his fiancee will get to see their new home for the first time when they return from vacation Sunday afternoon.

The surrounding community is invited to come watch the build and support the volunteers beginning on Tuesday.

For information on how you can help or donate, visit www.heartoftexasbuild.com.

 

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