Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. -- The Building Home for Heroes organization hosted a block party to welcome a wounded warrior as a new member of the Emerald Coast community.
In December of 2011, Army Staff Sergeant Aaron Hale was severely injured in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device, IED, detonated near him. Hale broke all the bones in his face, suffered severe burns, and lost his vision.
Hale, his wife, who is suffering from an illness of her own, and their 4 children have been living out of a suitcase, going from hospital to hospital to get the care they have needed.
Saturday, Building Homes for Heroes provided them with a completely renovated house that was specially designed to meet their needs.
The house was a foreclosure, which was donated by Chase Bank.
Hundreds of community members, including high-ranking military personal, members of the construction team, and local dignitaries showed up to see what the Hales thought when they opened the door to their house for the first time.
Along with providing a mortgage-free home, the organization is also providing mentoring and support services to the family for the next two years.
The Hale family mentioned that they didn’t know how to express enough gratitude to everyone who had a part in providing this opportunity for them.
The Building Homes for Heroes organization expects to be able to provide at least 30 houses to 30 other veterans like Hale, over the next year.