Tonawanda News

September 13, 2012

Volunteering for a vet

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — Western New York native Marine Cpl. Paul Schaus is soon to receive a new North Tonawanda home thanks to the efforts of Homes for Troops, an organization that has constructed 112 homes across the nation for returning injured veterans.

Homes for Troops will be hosting another volunteer day Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. to help get the home finished for Schaus by fall. 

Volunteers are asked to come to the home, located at 1547 Sherwood Ave., equipped with shovels, wheelbarrows, gloves and rakes. Saturday’s work will include landscaping, laying of sod, planting trees and flowers and laying mulch. 

The construction of the home was made possible through a land donation by a NT resident and the city. 

Schaus was severely injured during his second deployment at a battle in Afghanistan in 2009. He lost both his legs and a finger when he stepped on a landmine, going into cardiac arrest twice before being resuscitated. 

Schaus spent much of the last three years in rigorous recovery, first in Germany and then at two medical centers in the U.S. 

Schaus now has two prosthetic legs and walks with a cane. He will have a 2,600-square-foot ranch home with a garage and patio — all with handicapped accessibility — when the structure is finished. 

For more information on the project and volunteer day, visit www.homesforourtroops.org.