Lubbock veteran receives home thanks to Homes for Heroes

Lubbock veteran receives home thanks to Homes for Heroes

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

When our nations service members come home from overseas, life can be difficult, especially those disabled in the line of duty.  

Since 2011, a handful of those Lubbock veterans have received assistance in the form of a new home tailored for their specific needs. 

This years recipient, Michael Vasquez an army veteran, whose vehicle was struck by an RPG during his deployment to Afghanistan.

"I had a brain injury and a spinal injury, shrapnel, and a lot of smaller other injuries," Vasquez said. "Then I had brain surgery in 2013 which ultimately put me in the chair for good."

He wanted to remodel his current home in order to accommodate his wheelchair.

"One of the guys that came down to look at it from Houston, Adapt. He came out and looked at our house we had before and he said, we can do this but it's going to cost a lot more money to do this than rather build you're own house."

He put the house on the market with the plan of putting the money toward a new, accessible house.

"Two weeks later he said hey hold up don't make any rash decisions but we're submitting you're name for operation finally home and so they did that and did the application for find a home and they approved us over a long period of time and then they told us that Lubbock Homes for Heroes was going to be the ones to pick up from where they left off."

Then it was announced Vasquez was in fact receiving the new house free of charge.

"We were speechless. We didn't know, reality hadn't set in yet. Even at the luncheon when they announced it it was still kind of shock moment."

Robert Wood helped start Lubbock's Home for Heroes. He said the Vasquez family was the perfect fit for the home.

"What we try to accomplish is a hand up not a hand out," Wood said. "The Vasquez family is hard working people, they do, they're trying to succeed in their lives without us so for us to honor them with a new home, a mortgage free is just how we pick and choose."

Now Vasquez's home is one step closer to being completed. The organization held a ceremony Wednesday, allowing all involved with the build to write notes of encouragement and thanks on the studs holding the house up.

"It's definitely going to relieve the financial stress of having to pay the mortgage so we can focus on other things, you know my medical, my wife going to school and things like that but also the point of the house being adapted is me getting around better," Vasquez said. 

While the house is almost complete, he urged everyone to volunteer, donate, or even simply say thank you to the organization making all of this possible for the Lubbock veterans in need.

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