Injured Veteran Moves Into His New Home

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, 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

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.

  • Devil Dog

    Semper Fi. Congrats on the house. You deserve it!

  • Freedom Lover

    Someone ought to pay that $50,000 as a gift to him as well. Ed Bass? Alice Walton? Anyone? Bueller?

    • fred

      I agree…there has to be someone that can afford to do the right thing so this man can focus on his family and not payments

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  • Meredith Iler

    As the Chairman of I can tell you we have spent a lot of time talking with our heroes about the $50,000 mortgage. PLEASE do not pay off that mortgage. It is about $350 per month and it helps our heroes on their road to recovery. The home is a $275,000 home and will be all he needs for life. has NO PAID STAFF…so we can truly assure you we are helping these heroes rebuild their lives and becoming a responsible homeowner with very limited bills to pay is a very important step for our heroes!

    We also worked with the State Legislature to eliminate the property taxes for our 100% disabled combat wounded heroes who are now on a fixed disability income. So without property taxes, his total payments for mortgage, insurance and bills will be around $500-600 per month. It is very important for these young heroes to provide for their family and learn to be a homeowner. We are the 2nd largest homebuilding organuization in America and the largest in Texas…if you are led to donate…please go to and help us build a new home for another wounded hero waiting for their dream of a new home to come true!!!

    In addition to the $225,000 in equity he has on day one, Rooms to Go provided over $12,000 in furniture, Spark Energy donated one year of electricity, Conn’s donated his refrigerator and washer/dryer, and also purchased over $1500 in home accessories like comforters, towels, wall hangings, plants, etc…

    So thanks to everyone who supports our wounded heroes! Together we will change their lives one wounded hero at a time!!!

    Our Gala is on August 30th with Laura Bush and we plan to award another 15 homes to wounded heroes just waiting to hear that they have been selected for a new home. All we need now are the funds to make all of these heroes dreams come true!! So please spread the word! Together we will change these heroes lives forever!

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