LUDINGTON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Army National Guard veteran Sgt. Eric Lund lost his arms to an improvised explosive device while serving in Afghanistan. On Monday, the Ludington community honored him by welcoming him to an accessible home built for him.
It was a day of celebration and celebrities -- Lee Greenwood was there -- but ultimately a day of honoring a wounded warrior.
On May 20, 2012, in a convoy in Afghanistan, the truck carrying Sgt. Lund ran over an IED. Sgt. Lund was in the gun turret, and the explosion flipped the truck onto him, injuring him so badly his arms needed to be amputated.
Sgt. Lund received the Purple Heart and learned how to live with his disabilities. But to live independently, he needed a new home, and he's received that with help from the organization Helping a Hero.
Lund's new home has doors that open by themselves, voice-activated TV's, and a special bathroom including a body dryer and other accommodations.
His Aunt Melissa was instrumental in getting this home. She showed WZZM 13's Steve Zaagman into a room that was kept a surprise for Sgt. Lund until Monday. It's his office, filled with mementos like his coins and his pictures, including the photo of then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta putting the Purple Heart on Sgt. Lund's chest.
By welcoming Sgt. Lund to his new home, the Ludington community helped give back to Sgt. Lund some of the freedom he helped defend.