Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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March 20, 2013

Marine, wife will receive R.I. home to start family

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"You see him struggling, and you want to do whatever you can to help him," she said in the video. "He'll flip backwards because he doesn't have the weight in front of his wheelchair to get up a hill. You just want to push, and he wants to do it himself. It's hard to watch him struggle."

Pennington has been behind previous races in Andover to benefit Homes for Our Troops. This past January, he was on-hand for the key ceremony opening the doors of a home for Marine Sgt. Josh Bouchard, who was the beneficiary of last year's Andover race and dinner.

"It's extremely powerful," Pennington said. "The special little things are [things like] the washer and dryer. He can just reach in from his wheelchair and do his laundry. He can go right up to the sink — everything is lower for him."

When he receives his own HFOT home, Kevin Dubois said he "can cook. I can do dishes. I can do laundry, help around the house. It's going to be great to be able to have a little bit of independence again."

Beyond that, he said he's looking forward to "the start of our new family. We don't have kids yet, and there's plenty of room in that house to grow."

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