Injured Mattapoisett soldier to receive new home
MATTAPOISETT — The nonprofit organization, Homes For Our Troops will donate a home to Chief Warrant Officer 2 Rebecca Mann on Saturday, May 13 at 10 a.m.
The public is welcome to attend and tour the home after a ceremony where Mann will be given keys to the building. Due to limited parking, the public is asked to park at Mattapoisett Park & Ride, 87 North Street, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. A shuttle will be provided to and from the home site.
Mann was severely injured while serving in Afghanistan. In March 2014, during her second deployment, Mann was serving with the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division when she sustained an injury to her right foot.
In October 2017, Mann was in constant pain and elected to have doctors amputate her right foot. Eventually, she learned she had a microvascular condition that was causing the pain and blood flow issues in her residual limb and left leg. Mann elected to have doctors amputate her left foot in 2020.
Earlier this year, over 200 volunteers helped landscape Mann’s soon-to-be home.
“It is very overwhelming but super humbling,” said Mann in response to the amount of fellow veterans, community members and even New England Patriots players that volunteered on Saturday, April 29.
Receiving a donated, specially adapted custom Homes For Our Troops home will hlep Mann to achieve her goals.
Mann spends most of her time on the main level in her current home, since using the stairs is challenging while on her prosthetics. Her backyard is sloped and uneven, making it hard for her to maintain her balance when she takes her dogs out. She often becomes discouraged when she cannot use her wheelchair throughout her home because the hallways are too narrow.
Mann’s new home features more than 40 major special adaptations such as widened doorways for wheelchair access, a roll-in shower, and kitchen amenities that include pull-down shelving and lowered countertops.