SAN DIEGO – A paralyzed Navy officer from San Diego will be getting a helping hand from a group of local college students and volunteers, who are planning an extensive remodel to make his house suitable for his needs as a disabled homeowner and veteran.
Navy Comdr. Brian Edgar Delaney, who is still active duty, was severely injured about nine months ago in a motorcycle accident that severed his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed from the armpits down. He was in intensive care for more than a month, and endured many weeks in recovery. As soon as he was able, Delaney turned over command of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) to Cmdr. Stephen James Ilteris during an April 11 ceremony at Naval Base San Diego, which is the homeport of the ship.