NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. - Marine Corporal Paul Schaus will soon have a place to call home thanks to a community of volunteers who decided to be a hero to this wounded veteran.
Volunteers and neighbors are building the veteran a new home in North Tonawanda. With the help of dozens of volunteers, Schaus saw the first wall of his new home arise Friday.
Schaus lost both of his legs and a finger on his left hand after stepping on a landmine during his second tour of Iraq in 2009. The Tonawanda native was given a hero's welcome when he returned.
"Tt's very nice, a little overwhelming but nice," said Schaus. "I just want to say thank you to everybody who came out today and homes for our troops. People I don't even know coming to help me out today."
Some volunteers that may have been strangers to Schaus before will soon be his future neighbors once construction of the home is completed.
The land for the home was donated by local developer Mike Wacowitz and the home is being built at no cost to Schaus by Homes for our Troops.
Schaus says he's a fan of both the Buffalo Bills and Sabres. He's also a member of the USA Warrior Seld Hockey Team.
"It's just great to see a community come together like this, to come out and help a complete stranger it really says something about this community," Schaus said.