Homes for Heroes is Coming Back to Okaloosa Co.

By: Cristina Pfeffer Email
By: Cristina Pfeffer Email

Back in 2011, Air Force Master Sergeant Joseph Deslauriers lost both legs and part of his left arm during an explosion in Afghanistan.

He's undergone a number of surgeries and rehabilitation.

But Monday was a chance for him, his wife and their son to put some of that behind them.

"We are totally excited and just crazy about the new home and looking forward to moving in,” said Joseph Deslauriers. “I mean just getting into the Destin community and the Emerald Bay community."

It is all thanks to a non-profit organization called Building Homes for Heroes.

Building Homes for Heroes' goal is to help those who have fought for our country.

"When we met the Deslauriers family at Walter Reed Hospital, we just fell in love with them, they are just so kind hearted,” said Andy Pujol, President and Founder of Building Homes for Heroes.

The non-profit has nearly 35,000 volunteers nationwide, including contractors, and construction companies that help build homes.

“The real credit goes to our community that is stepping up to the plate and donating their time and materials to make this happen, “ said General Contractor Randy Wise. “If it weren't for them we couldn't give a debt free, mortgage free house to these Wounded Warriors."

If all goes as planned, the Deslauriers Family will be able to move in by the spring.

"It is a long process to get where I am at today, and with a lot of family and friends support that enhances and strengthens my will,” said Deslauriers.

The new home will be completely wheel chair accessible and will include an elevator, gym and a pool.

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