FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Marine Corporal Zach Briseno, 25, can’t wait to show his five-year-old son Eli his new room.
“Every parent’s dream is to have a place to as their own so it’s finally here,” says the Marine from Forth Worth.
Briseno was almost killed in Iraq during his second deployment in November of 2007.
“Our convoy was hit by an IED. My vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb,” he said.
He lost both of his legs. He now has prosthetics, but also uses a wheelchair.
Navigating his way through his tiny apartment has been tough. But now he’ll never have to worry about that, because he’s got a new home.
Tuesday night, crews with Rooms to Go were moving in his brand new – free – furniture. The new house is two stories, wheelchair accessible with wide doors and a roll shower.
It’s a gift from Houston based HelpingaHero.org, which works with those severely injured in war. Briseno’s home is the first that the homebuilding organization has built in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area and the 25th overall, a spokeswoman said.
“What they’ve gone through for our safety, our security our freedom is worth saying thank you in a tangible way,” said Meredith Iler with HelpingaHero.org.
Briseno thought getting a Purple Heart was a big deal, but never dreamed of his own home.
He grew up in Fort Worth and says his dream was to become a Marine after both of his grandfathers served.
His house cost $270,000 and all he’s responsible for is a $50,000 mortgage.
He will be welcomed home at 8125 Mountain Cedar Drive in Fort Worth by a parade at 11 a.m. Wednesday led by Miss Rodeo Texas and hundreds of cheering supporters. A barbecue, Moonwalks, face painting and sno cones will be offered by Southwest Airlines Volunteers.