A disabled military veteran is enjoying his first night in a brand new mortgage-free home in Madison County and it was national non-profit that helped make his dream of home ownership come true.
“This is like a breath of fresh air, it really is,” said Sergeant John Vail.
Vail was handed the keys to a brand new home in Madison County and he couldn't be more excited about it.
“I like to help other veterans, so it is a lot different being helped for once. I have always been the helper since I have been injured," said Vail. "This is amazing. This is overwhelming.”
Homes for our Troops gifted the more than $400,000 mortgage-free house to Sgt. Vail after hearing the military veteran’s story of service and sacrifice.
“He deployed to Iraq-Kuwait in 2011, and he had a very difficult job over there doing convoy escort up and down the roads and also doing security patrols looking for bad guys," said non-profit official Bill Ivy. "He got severely injured on one of those missions and ended up being paralyzed.”
The organization has built more 200 homes across the United States, including two here in the Magnolia State.
The whole idea is really following our tagline of building homes and rebuilding lives," said Ivy. "And the idea is helping these guys and gals rebuild the lives.”
Jeff Salmons constructed the wheelchair accessible home and equipped with special amenities to assist Vail with all his daily needs.
“This house has a lot of automation to it," said Salmons. "For example, all the veteran has to do is come in here to reach his clothes and when he is done it hangs it right back up.”
Vail says this home is a dream come true.
“A lot of people look at their house about how much fun they can have," Vail said. "I just want to live easy.”
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