A local veteran's dream came true when he received the keys to his mortgage free home Tuesday.
Back in November, Lubbock Homes for Heroes surprised Army Specialist Louis Flores, his wife Olga and son Gabriel with the gift.
Hundreds of volunteers broke ground on the house in January. Each of them wrote on a comment on the walls before it was sheet-rocked.
The Flores family says they are overwhelmed by the support. For the first time Tuesday afternoon they stepped inside the four bedroom home, located in Bacon Crest on Milwaukee and 77th street.
Life hasn't always been this easy though. On September 5, 2005 Louis Flores, a Plainview native, served as an army medic in Northern Iraq. After being involved in multiple IED explosions coming home became difficult. He suffers from a traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder.
With the financial burden now lifted, Flores says, he can focus on getting better and spending time with his family.
"It will give me more freedom and a lot less burden. It gives us times to work on each other and reconnect as a family. Just enjoying life a little more. I know with everything I have gone through it takes a big toll especially on my wife and son," Flores said.
Through the ups and downs his family will now be there for the road to recovery. Flores says he can't wait to move in.
"The living room and the kitchen is where it's at for me. I love to cook and I love to have people over. It's just a warm open area of the house and it's very inviting," he said.
The home will be featured in the 2012 Lubbock Parade of Homes June 9-24. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information http://www.lubbockparadeofhomes.com/
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