Wounded Afghanistan veteran receives mortgage-free home

Captain Nelson, his wife Jennifer, and their 3-year-old daughter in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

DESTIN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - An Air Force Captain severely wounded in Afghanistan received a mortgage-free home in Walton County.

Captain Nathan Nelson was nearly killed in 2013 in the Middle East when a rocket-propelled grenade hit his operating base.

Building Homes For Heroes built and modified a home for Nelson, whose spinal cord was severely injured. His other injuries included collapsed lungs and significant blood loss.

Also at the event was U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Melchizedek “Kato” Martinez, who received a home last December. Their family suffered a tremendous tragedy as they were at the Brussels Airport in March 2016. As a result of the terrorist attack, Lt. Col. Martinez’s wife, Gail, died while trying to protect their four children.

Both veterans are Purple Heart recipients. The organization hosted a dinner for them in Destin.