Operation: Coming Home

September 2016

The last two weeks in September, team members from the Orion Talent's Raleigh office proudly joined the team at Operation: Coming Home to help put the finishing touches on a house being built in Holly Springs, NC, for wounded US Marine Raider Sgt. Brandan Taylor.

Operation: Coming Home (OCH) is a non-profit group that provides custom built homes for wounded military service members. These homes are called "Hero Homes" and are designed to promote independence and mobilization for the injured veteran and his family. Brandon Taylor is the thirteenth recipient of an Operation: Coming Home - Hero Home, and was chosen from an outstanding group of applicants.

Brandan served in the United States Marine Corps for 10 years. In 2014, Brandan sustained multiple injuries while on a mission in Afghanistan. Taylor was on a night time helicopter raid with 30-50 of his men when he slipped on a sheet of ice, fracturing his back. His 150-pound backpack hit his head, knocking him unconscious. Taylor completed the three remaining months of his deployment by utilizing pain pills available in the local market to avoid being sent home.

It wasn't until he returned to the US for the birth of his twins that he had an MRI, revealing a fractured spine and nerve damage. Taylor stated he had been in tremendous amounts of pain, but really didn't want to leave his team.

OCH was inspired by Taylor's story, and a board member of Operation: Coming Home, said his courage in his service led them to build their home for Taylor, his wife, and three sons. OCH is led by the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County and US Veterans Corps. It partners with builder CalAtlantic Homes. Modifications in Taylor's home include wider hallways and a special shower.

Orion employees helping paint and finish of US Marine Raider Sgt. Brandan Taylor's home.
Orion sent ten employees to paint and help put the finishing touches on the garage of US Marine Raider Sgt. Brandan Taylor's home in Holly Springs, NC.

A month after completing the garage and the rest of the house, Orion was invited to participate in the key ceremony for the family on October 28th, 2016, where Taylor and his family were presented with the keys to their new home. Orion was honored to attend this spectacular event which was a great start for this very deserving family in their new home.

Watch the ABC news video coverage here.