Gymnasts to present benefit for wounded soldier

Published: Friday, December 13, 2013 at 02:19 PM.

A new home

After 21 months of recovery and rehabilitation, Deslauriers is still active duty; he serves as an EOD program manager at Hurlburt Field's U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command. 

He said "it's mainly my willingness to give back to my country," that keeps him going despite the exhausting work.

However, life has its challenges. Deslauriers' family — including his wife, Lisa, and their 2-year-old son, Cameron — are living in an apartment that isn't user-friendly, family members said.

"When he returned home, he couldn't get his wheelchair through the front door without help," Lisa said. "Having a new home will alleviate those struggles."

Randy Wise Homes' Building Homes for Heroes program is working on a 3,000-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-bathroom ranch-style house for the Deslaurierses.

U.S. Gold staffers are aiding the effort. Their first Wounded Warrior competition and Kids Night Out is Saturday.  

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