SHELTON — Sierra Pacific Industries is donating lumber and a full Sierra Pacific Windows package to Homes for Our Troops to build a home for disabled U.S. Marine Sgt. Milan Franklin in Shelton.

In 2011, Franklin was on his second deployment when he stepped on an improvised explosive device in Sangin, Afghanistan. He lost both legs and two fingers on his right hand in the blast.

Homes for Our Troops, a nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide to severely injured post-9/11 Veterans, will launch the building of Franklin's home in Shelton later this year.

"We are thrilled Sierra Pacific Industries has chosen to support HFOT," said Bill Ivey, Homes For Our Troops executive director. "Product donations from outstanding corporations like SPI allow us to stretch our dollars to build more specially adapted custom homes for veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives."

SPI Community Relations Manager Lisa Perry said the company was “thrilled to be helping to provide a new home for a true American hero, especially here in Shelton, a community with a proud timber heritage that has supported our new mill here.” 

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