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Veteran who lost leg in Afghanistan is surprised with mortgage-free home: 'A great honor'

Building Homes for Heroes announced its 343rd home recipient — a veteran with a special connection to the FDNY 343 ride. 

Evan Marcy is a 39-year-old veteran who served in Afghanistan for five years as a combat photographer. 

In 2009, during a firefight on the top of a mountain, Marcy was hit — and his left leg was later amputated above the knee. 

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“It feels like a great honor to be awarded the home through Building Homes for Heroes and FDNY.”

The group has raised over $1.2 million to support injured veterans.

It annually cycles 343 miles in commemoration of the 343 firefighters of the FDNY who died on 9/11, according to a press release. 

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“It eliminates the stress of taking my clothes to the laundromat and having to continually use a stand-up shower that isn’t handicapped-accessible,” he said. 

“It feels like a great honor to be awarded the home through Building Homes for Heroes and FDNY,” he said. 

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“All the connectivity between this home as our 343rd, the FDNY and 9/11 is perfect.”

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