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Hero gets helping hand, new home

POSTED: March 14, 2012 4:30 a.m.
Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald

United States Army Staff Sgt. Scott Millican receives a steady stream of house-warming well-wishers, including First Sgt. David Kaiser, left, whom Millican served under at Fort Stewart. Millican was the latest severely injured soldier to receive a specially adapted home from the Homes for Our Troops organization.

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A motorcade of flag-bearing motorcycles and sheriff's patrol cars escorted Army Staff Sgt. Scott Millican on Saturday to the new house built for him by Homes for Our Troops.
At the end of a lane in the rural outskirts of Statesboro, a couple hundred people gathered for a housewarming event, including Statesboro Mayor Joe Brannen; Capt. Brian Stewart, who is Millican's company commander in Fort Stewart's Warrior Transition Unit; U.S. Rep. John Barrow; Fort Stewart's color guard and more of those flag-flying motorcyclists known as the Patriot Guard Riders.
Called a "key ceremony," it's the sort of welcome that Homes for Our Troops, a national, charitable nonprofit, likes to give wounded warriors who become owners of the homes at no cost. Millican's is the 109th house the organization has built. The home has features designed for a wheelchair user, such as wide doors, roll-under cooktops, pull-down cabinets and a spacious roll-in shower.
"When you see this house, you'll understand what this does...," Millican told the crowd, his voice breaking with emotion as he thanked everyone for attending.
He waited while other soldiers and civilian dignitaries talked about Homes for Our Troops and thanked him for his sacrifice before he was handed the keys. Millican invited the crowd inside to enjoy his home.
"When somebody does something like this for you, you don't even understand how it affects you," Millican said. "This makes it a lot easier for me to be in a home."


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