One Lubbock veteran's dream came true today when he found out he was getting a brand new, mortgage-free house.
Army Sergeant Shawn Walton wiped the tears from his eyes after his name was called at the luncheon for the West Texas Home Builders Association (WTHBA).
"I just can't say thank you enough. Oh my gosh. No words can describe it. It's just a blessing," he and his wife Kristin said.
Sergeant Walton served in the United States Army for three years. He enlisted in January of 2004 and in August of 2007 he stepped on improvised explosive device (IED) in Iraq.
"The first squad went in to search the building make sure there was no enemy in there. Captain Newman was in front of me. We stood up and he turned to walk and next thing I know I'm laying on the ground," he said.
He said it has been a long road to recovery after getting injured.
"Military was inevitably going to be my career. It's been life changing since I got out and maybe we can finally get to where we want now."
This is the third time Lubbock Homes for Heroes, a non-profit organization founded by WTHBA, granted a wounded war veteran with a new house.
The first recipient was Anthony Villarreal, a marine injured in Afghanistan. Over 70 percent of his body was burned. He spent three months in a medically induced coma and two years undergoing various surgeries.
The second recipient was Louis Flores. Flores began serving his country in 2003 as an Army medical specialist. He is diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Robert Wood, President of Lubbock Homes for Heroes, said this is just a small token of the organization's appreciation for what these brave soldiers have sacrificed for our country.
"We can never fathom what they're going through...they gave everything for us on the battlefield," Wood said.
Sergeant Walton and his wife have two little girls and one more on the way. They said this new home will help them out tremendously with their growing family.
Builders will break ground in January and the finished product will be unveiled for the Fall Tour of Homes.
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