Wounded Marine gets new home in western New York

NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) — A Marine who lost both legs while serving in Afghanistan now has a new home thanks to volunteers in a Buffalo-area community.

Hundreds of people greeted Marine Cpl. Paul Schaus on Tuesday as he walked into his new handicapped-accessible house in North Tonawanda. The home was built through donations and efforts by a volunteer group called Homes For Our Troops, a national organization that helps to build handicapped-accessible houses for severely injured veterans.

Schaus lost both legs during fighting in Afghanistan in 2009 and has been fitted with prosthetics. He also uses a wheelchair, but everything inside the home is designed to be accessible for him.

The land the house was built on was donated, and dozens of local businesses volunteered time or materials to help with the project.

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