Soldier burned in battle, to be honored w/ new home in Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Soldier burned in battle, to be honored w/ new home in Lubbock

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By Tiffany Pelt - email | And By James Clark - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Construction on a new home is underway as a special gift to one of Lubbock's wounded warriors.  On Monday, Congressman Randy Neugebauer and others gathered for a dedication near Erskine & Slide Road to honor Marine Corporal Anthony Villarreal for serving our country. 

In 2008 Anthony was severely burned in a roadside car bomb in Afghanistan. "I have 60% total body surface burns, my right arm amputated and most of my left fingers amputated," says Villarreal.   "It's a little scary at first. You're going to get looks, and there's the whispers."

Anthony's life was changed forever, but then in December his life would change again; "Operation Finally Home" chose him and his wife Jessica, also a veteran, to get a new mortgage-free and fully furnished home.

"It's countless emotions," Villarreal said.  "When I first heard, I bawled like a baby."

Lubbock's West Texas Home Builders Association is building the new two-story three-bedroom home that will be showcased in their Parade Of Homes. Villarreal and his wife will be able to move into the new home in June.

"There are no words to describe the thank you I want to give them because I know they think it's just a small gesture.  But I mean just to own a home and after being injured serving our country you'd never think you'd get a home just for doing your job," says Villarreal.

If you would like to help monetary donations are welcome, call 806-798-1616.

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