Hanson, Massachusetts – Army Veteran Cpl Paul Skarinka was looking forward to getting into his specially designed new home by Thanksgiving. Now that will not happen, thanks to two teenagers who vandalized it, causing around $50,000 in damages.
Army Cpl Skarinka is the recipient of a home built by Jason Allen Homes for Wounded Warriors and is funded by donations. They build or remodel handicapped accessible homes for veterans who have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now they will have to find new funding and donations to complete the home.
But on Monday, police were called to the house under construction only to find that 24 windows, three doors and some lighting that had already been installed were vandalized. The total damage was $50,000.
The home in Hanson is designed for Paul Skarinka, a Whitman native who is currently a Plympton firefighter and Brewster Ambulance paramedic and was a corporal in the United States Army.
Skarinka was critically injured on his first tour of duty while on a mission in Sadr City outside Baghdad in September 2004. He suffered a severed artery and serious damage to his left arm and leg in a rocket-propelled grenade explosion. As a result of numerous surgeries, Skarinka’s left leg was amputated below the knee and his left arm was partially amputated.
By canvassing the neighborhood, Hanson police found the two suspects- 16 year olds whose parents were not happy with their little escapade.
“The juveniles were identified by canvassing the neighborhood and surveillance footage from neighbors…This incident is disheartening. When a veteran and his family, who have sacrificed so much for our country, become the victim of a senseless crime it hurts us all. The parents of the two juveniles understand the pain this has caused and we appreciate their cooperation.” Police Chief Michael Miksch
The lead project manager said that the project would be set back about five weeks. They have an on line fundraiser started.
“This wasn’t just throwing a rock through a window of an abandoned warehouse. This was the home of a disabled veteran that was looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with his family and now that’s probably not going to happen.” Alex Karalexis, lead project manager
Featured photo via Jason Allen’s homes for Wounded Warriors