ST. GENEVIEVE COUNTY, MO (KPLR)– A badly wounded Marine from Jefferson County is about to have his dream home built before his eyes. But for Cpl. Justin McLoud, the dream is different than it once was. He is a triple amputee who will need a specially constructed home to make life easier. And there’s a group out there that specializes in just that.
The outer shell of McLoud’s new home will be built in just three days. It would seem like a Herculean feat. But when you meet Justin McLoud, you quickly learn nothing is impossible. The fact that he’s hear at all borders on miraculous.
“I actually died for like eight minutes,” he said. “I flat lined and they were able to bring me back and stuff, and saved as much of the body as they could for me.”
He was serving in Afghanistan when was seemed routine suddenly became life-changing.
“We were just out on a regular foot patrol and we took contact. And we were just trying to flank the enemy and my engineer stepped on a pressure plate and we both got blown up.”
He would lose both legs and an arm. Returning home would bring many challenges, the first of which was being strong for his wife and their little boy, now two years old.
“I didn’t want to freak them out so much so. I just tried to take it as best as I can. Try to look at the positive things and suck it up.”
Amber McLoud appreciates all he’s done.
“It’s been amazing. He’s my war hero,” she told us.
Life has changed, with her role as a caregiver suddenly expanding beyond their son.
“It’s definitely difficult, especially having a toddler running around. You’ve got to keep up with both of them. It’s kind of one of those things that when you’re put in a position you can either run from it or fight through it. And obviously I’m gonna fight through it.”
The fight became a little easier when the group Homes For Our Troops contacted them during Justin’s recovery. They have built 110 homes around the country for wounded service members. The homes are designed to accommodate those who have lost limbs. The house, outside Festus, MO in northern Ste. Genevieve County, will be a blessing.