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WMUR: Army veteran wounded in accident gets help to return home


Senator Hassan visiting Spc. Josh Keller’s new accessible living unit at his family’s home in Hudson

WMUR: Army veteran wounded in accident gets help to return home 

HUDSON, NH - An Army veteran who is finally home after being critically wounded in an accidental shooting is getting some much-needed help.

Spc. Josh Keller spent nearly a year in a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Massachusetts after he was injured in Washington state last year. A fellow soldier accidentally shot him in the neck, hitting his spinal cord.

…Keller received a special adaptive housing grant from the VA to help build a living space for him and his caregiver. He said $80,000 was donated, and community partners stepped in to help make it happen.

Construction started in November, and the project is almost complete.

"Everyone has donated their time," Keller said. "It's been really humbling. I'm finally home, and it's really great."

U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, toured the home Thursday. She said she worked with the VA to help move the process along after Keller and his family experienced some issues with his application.

"We knew how anxious he was to get home and how much his family was to get him home, and we didn't want bureaucratic red tape to get in the way of that," Hassan said.