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GRANBY, Mass. — Support is pouring in for a Marine veteran with severe combat injuries whose custom-built Massachusetts home was made uninhabitable after a fire swept through it the day after Christmas. Sgt. Joshua Bouchard, who uses a wheelchair after losing part of a leg and suffering a spinal cord injury in a 2009 explosion in Afghanistan, saved himself and his two dogs when he realized his home was on fire Monday night. The home in Granby, a town of about 6,200 residents, was built by volunteers in 2012 with help from the Taunton-based the nonprofit Homes for Our Troops. "Honestly, I've been through so much, it didn't stress me out much," Bouchard, 34, told The Daily Hampshire Gazette. A GoFundMe page set up by Bouchard's sister had raised more than $20,000 by Wednesday evening. Bouchard was watching a movie around 9:30 p.m. Monday when he smelled smoke, his father, Ja...

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