A Hanford soldier received a mortgage-free house from Homes for our Troops, a national nonprofit that builds houses with special features for severely injured veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Fidel Bobadilla, Jr. and his wife, Daisy, accepted the keys to their new home on North 12th Avenue during a ceremony on Saturday.
The 2,000-square-foot, three bedroom and two-bath house has wide halls and doorways, a large shower and tub, low counters, shelves that drop down, electronic door openers and more to accommodate Bobadilla who is in a wheelchair.
The army specialist was two months into his first deployment in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, in 2011 when the armored vehicle he was riding in was struck by an improvised explosive device. He lost both his legs above the knee in the blast.
After recovery, Bobadilla and his family lived in an apartment with tight doorways, high counters, a high stovetop and a patio with a step down from the door.
The new home was built with donated materials mostly from national companies. Robinsons Carpet One in Hanford, owned by Mike Robinson, donated the labor to install the hardwood floors. The company also has a store at Fresno’s River Park and an outlet on Blackstone Avenue.
“I thank everyone,” Bobadilla said on Saturday. “I still can’t believe I'm receiving this beautiful home, a basket of muffins would have been enough.”