DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – The flags outside the house on Diceman Drive in Dallas declared it proudly: “This is the home of a United States veteran.”
That brand new, mortgage-free home is one the Zachary family saw Friday for the very first time.READ MORE: Opal Lee's Annual Walk Was Extra Special Saturday After Juneteenth Becomes Federal Holiday
Curtis Zachary was injured in Iraq and declared 100-percent disabled. The local non-profit organization Defenders of Freedom, which helps wounded and disabled veterans transition to civilian life, chose the Army Staff Sergeant as its first home recipient in Dallas.
“If it wasn’t for them, God knows where we would be,” Curtis Zachary said as he stood in the driveway of his new home. “We were about to lose our home, didn’t have rent.”
Home-builder Richard Lane said the home will be the first of many he and his team of suppliers, contractors, and donors will be giving away to veterans. He says it is their way to show gratitude to our servicemen and women. “When you come back wounded, 100-percent disabled, your life is never the same,” Lane explained. “I was very excited for today. It was hard to sleep at night, because this is such a great event, a great opportunity to say thank you.”READ MORE: Fender Bender Leads To Shooting That Left 1 Dead, 1 Injured In Dallas, Police Say
Zachary said he is equally grateful for a second chance. “I want to say thank you to Defenders of Freedom. Y’all say my sacrifice was huge, but yours? It dwarfs what I do.”
Defenders of Freedom has a second home next door on Diceman Drive, that is ready to give away. They’re encouraging any injured veteran, with a family to apply.
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