Mission Accomplished

Marine Corporal Jacob Romo and his family received the keys to their new home in Somerville on Dec. 6. Romo, who previously lived in Shelby County and attends Whitten Memorial Baptist Church, was on his first deployment in Sangin Valley, Afghanistan when an IED blast on Feb. 11, 2011 resulted in the traumatic amputations of both of his legs and injuries to his right hand. Homes For Our Troops, a privately funded nonprofit organization that builds specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, was responsible for building the home for the Romo family. Since its inception in 2004, more than 90 percent of donations to Homes for Our Troops has gone to directly support veterans. Romo would like to thank all of the donors and volunteers who support Homes for Our Troops. “We are so grateful for this opportunity. I am a big believer in self-empowerment and investing in people. This home will allow us the means to pay it forward to other service members as well as those in our community; we will be able to more effectively help more people in the future. Thank you.” PICTURED: Romo and wife, Michelle, share a kiss before entering their new home.

Marriage Vows renewed