Wounded soldier receives custom-built home in Aberbeen

ABERDEEN, NC (WNCN) — It was a dream come true for a soldier and his wife.

The 2300 square foot custom built home was made possible through the National “Helping a Hero” program.

To date, they’ve provided homes for at least 100 wounded vets in 22 states.

Meredith Iler, Chairman Emeritus, of the Wounded Hereo Home Program said “we asked the public to nominate soldiers that needed adaptive housing…”

Sgt Jonathan Rivenbark served two tours in Afghanistan. In 2012 he and other soldiers were ambushed.

Rivenbark said “during the ambush I got shot four times and sustained four gunshots injuries, two to my left leg, two to my right leg.”

Riverbark said basic household routines can be challenging, like climbing stairs or having enough room to move around.”

Riverbark said most of the time, I’m in my wheelchair, I only get on my feet from time to time.”

The new home comes with many amenities including a grab bar, roll under sink and roll in shower.

Yulia Rivenbark, Johnathan’s wife said “just the grab bars in the shower are going to make his life much easier.”

Rivenbark grew up in foster care and especially after being wounded, never imagined at age 26, he’d own his own home.

Rivenbark said “first thing I look forward to is leaning back in my recliner in front of the fireplace.”

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