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Army vet honored with home

Hunter Dood

Staff Writer

Volunteers were out on Saturday, June 29, to landscape the yard and to help retired Army Sergeant Michael Glover feel truly at “home” in the newly-constructed residence built for him and his family in Middleville by the non-profit Homes For Our Troops.

Gower's home was built in Middleville by JR Wright Builders, a Belding-based construction company that shares HFOT's mission to “build and donate specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives.”

Gower, who joined the military in 2003 after graduating high school, was injured in 2007 when the vehicle he was in rolled over an improvised explosive device, killing several of his colleagues and injuring eight. According to the HFOT profile on Gower, he was pinned in the vehicle, critically injuring his back and fracturing both his feet, tibia and fibula. He also sustained a severe traumatic brain injury.

Gower's new home will allow him to move throughout the house better than he can in his current home. He also said the home will help his wife and son as they won't have watch him “struggle.”

“Homes For Our Troops is an awesome non-profit,” said the projects general contractor Jack Wright. He added that he had done one other project for HFOT in the past and when he got the call asking to work with them again he said “sign me up” because it is an “awesome cause.”

Wright said that Gower picked the property out and he was “glad to (build) for Michael Gower and his family.”

Volunteers were tasked with planting plants around the home and laying sod in the yard.

Gower said the day was “amazing” because he could feel the “love” from the community. He added that the home will give him “ease” and “piece of mind” because he won’t have to ask his wife for help. “You can’t even put a price on that alone.”

“(Gower) deserves to be honored for what he did,” said Colvin Tyner, a 13-year-old volunteer from Hastings. He added that the event gave him “joy in humanity” for working together to help a veteran.

“The community means a lot to me,” said Lori Buchannan, the second Vice President for Blue Star Mothers of South Kent. Blue Star Mothers are mothers who have children serving in the military. Buchannan’s daughter has served for 13 years and has seen three deployments. She added that she has met some “great” families through the organization.

“(The volunteers) truly love what they’re doing,” said Gower. “They have heart and love.”

Gower and his family will receive the key to their home on July 13.

“Finally get to come home,” Gower said. “This is home.”

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