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Group builds home for Marine veteran

Homes For Our Troops has begun building a house in northern Ste. Genevieve County for Marine Veteran Justin McLoud.

Cpl. McLoud was injured in an explosion Dec. 10, 2010, during his third deployment overseas, which left him without legs and a left arm.

During a recent ceremony to begin construction of his home, he told the Ste. Genevieve Herald he did not have a single regret about serving his country.

McLoud joined the Marines in October 2006, just a few months after graduation from Hillsboro High School. His service was with the Third Battalion Fifth Marines (the Darkhorse).

McLoud hopes to attend Webster University to become a history professor.

The home will be for McLoud, his wife and their 20-month-old son.

According to the Ste. Genevieve Herald, Homes For Our Troops is a non-profit, non-partisan organization working to provide specially adapted houses for those who have been severely injured in conflicts since September 11, 2001.

The home in Ste. Genevieve County is the second in Missouri.

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