Retired Army PFC Brett Bondurant and wife London recently moved back to southeast Indiana.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Standing tall on two artificial legs, an American hero is hoping to move back to his hometown.
Army PFC Brett Bondurant, a 23-year-old Lawrenceburg High School graduate and Greendale native, lost both his legs in an improvised explosive device blast while serving in Afghanistan on September 28, 2011. The Purple Heart recipient has recovered well, getting around on artificial legs.
The community rallied around Bondurant in the days and weeks following his injuries.
“The first time I came home and how amazed I was at the community coming around me. Once I got out, I knew there was no other place I was coming to,” Bondurant said.
Now Brett and his wife, London, are getting help from Homes for Our Troops in doing just that. According to its website, the non-profit organization assists severely injured post 9/11 veterans and their immediate families by raising donations of money, building materials and professional labor and to coordinate the process of building a home that provides the ability to live more independently.
The Bondurants have spent much of the time during his recovery at an Army rehabilitation center in San Antonio, Texas. With their first child on the way in August and Brett recently retired from the Army, the young couple recently moved back to southeast Indiana residing in Milan.
“As soon as we find the land, (Homes for our Troops) will start rolling with that,” Bondurant said, adding in or near Lawrenceburg would be best for their new home.
On Monday, March 25th, the Skyline Chili on U.S. 50-Eads Parkway in Lawrenceburg will host a welcome home celebration for the Bondurants. Skyline will donate part of the proceeds made from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. to Brett and London to assist with their transition to normal civilian life.
The event at Skyline Chili will also include live music. Fellow veterans are urged to attend and wear their service uniforms.
Ohio County Veterans Service Officer and 2012 Lawrenceburg Citizen of the Year P.G. Gentrup is helping organize the event for Brett, who he calls “a true American hero.”
“It’s a great opportunity to come and welcome him home. Bring your kids and family and friends and stop in and shake his hand,” Gentrup said.
Gentrup marvels at the way Brett has recovered. The young Army veteran is planning to play softball this summer and eventually go to college.
“Brett would make a good poster child: ‘Look how far I’ve come.’ He hasn’t sat back. He’s said ‘Don’t feel sorry for me. Challenge me. Let me get out and get back to normal,’” Gentrup said.
Below is a video explaining Homes for Our Troops' assistance to the Bondurants.