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U.S. Navy veteran receives notes of love and support in future Lubbock home

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

U.S. Navy veteran Russell Snodgrass served his country for nearly six years. He was honorably discharged in 2005 due to back and brain injuries, as well as PTSD.

Since returning home, he and his family have been on a challenging journey. But in March the family was surprised with the news they were receiving a mortgage-free home and today the family saw that framed home for the first time.

Cars lined the streets to write a "note of love" on the walls of the Snodgrass' new home, a tradition started by West Texas Hero Homes.

"Once we get to the framing stage, we invite people to come in and we introduce the family," President of West Texas Hero Homes, Stewart Townsen said. "We give everybody a pen to write words of wisdom, words of congratulations and a lot of people write bible verses and thanks."

Russell Snodgrass said he was blown away by the support from the Lubbock community.

"We pulled up in front of the house and this is the first time I've seen the house like this and it was amazing," Snodgrass said. "It's like winning the lottery almost, but they say no, you earned it."

Russell and his wife, Ashley, have four children. They were already running through the home excited to pick out their room.

"They deserve it, my wife deserves it," Russell said. "My wife is a warrior, she's the one that has to help me do what I have to do every single day, plus take care of four children."

Operation FINALLY HOME started in 2005 with the mission to provide mortgage-free homes to wounded veterans. Now, 15 years later, project manager Ronnie Lyles said he's proud of the work its done.

"We've got over 275 projects we've done in over 30 states," Lyles said. "We're literally giving them a hand up and not a hand out, so we're really hoping this is going to bless them and help them move on to a new chapter in their lives."

It took two years after the Snodgrass family applied for a home, to hear back. But Russell said it was worth the wait.

"I feel like I can finally move forward with what I want to do in my," Russell said. "I would absolutely recommend you go to Operation FINALLY HOME and be patient through the process and have faith."

The home is expected to be complete in October, and Russell said he's most excited to cook and watch Texas Tech sports with his family on the patio. 

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