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Huntington veteran gets home renovation

Marine Lt. James Byler, of Huntington, lost his

Marine Lt. James Byler, of Huntington, lost his legs in Afghanistan in October. Credit: Handout

The Huntington Town Board recently appointed 15 people to its Building Homes for Huntington Heroes committee and named the first veteran who will receive help — Marine Corps Platoon Commander Lt. James Byler.

The committee has scheduled its first fundraiser to help carry out a complete renovation of Byler’s Huntington home.

Byler, a Huntington High School graduate, lost both legs and two fingers while leading his platoon in Afghanistan in October. He is rehabilitating at the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, Md.

“We embrace community participation and look forward to beginning the construction project,” said town board member Mark Mayoka, who sponsored the resolution to create the committee.

Building Homes for Heroes is a nonprofit organization that helps severely wounded and disabled veterans with home renovations and, when necessary, construction.

The fundraiser, a concert, will be held Saturday at 8 p.m. at Nag’s Head Ale House, 396 New York Ave. in Huntington. Admission is $5 and all proceeds will go to renovate Byler’s home. For more information call, 516-684-9220.

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