Donated House Gift For Injured North Texas Veteran
CELINA (CBSDFW.COM) – It was a tearful day for a wounded war veteran and his family in Celina. But the tears on Monday were from the joy of moving into a new home that they couldn’t have afforded without the help of others.
CBS 11 News cameras captured the look on the face of retired Sgt. Brian Fleming and his family as walked into their new home for the first time. Fleming’s wife, Jamie, said, “I’m just overwhelmed… just can’t say thanks enough.”
The four-bedroom house was built in just 21 days. Fleming joined the service after graduating high school in 2003, but suffered severe burns in an explosion in Afghanistan six years ago. Because of his injuries, Fleming is now sensitive to light and heat. The new home was built with that in mind.
The house includes custom features including a covered backyard patio to provide more shading and special insulation to keep the house cool.
The house is the 90th home built for severely disabled soldiers by Helping-A-Hero and the fastest ever built by the organization. The organization set a record and also completed the project in time for the couples’ seventh wedding anniversary.
Fleming said, “It’s overwhelming, gorgeous. We’re just so shocked where I come from people really don’t live in homes like this. It’s really a castle.”
After more than a year of rehab, Fleming is closer to resuming a normal life. He’s one of many veterans too proud to accept a home as a gift and will pay a low mortgage. He says the responsibility allows him to continue working as a motivational speaker to other wounded veterans, and passing along a message that he knows first hand, that their best days are still ahead of them.
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