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Wounded warriors receive mortgage-free homes on North Side

Operation Finally Home grants homes to wounded warriors

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SAN ANTONIO – Operation Finally Home is an organization that grants homes, mortgage-free, to wounded warriors and to widows of those military members who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Two brand new homes in the Bulverde Village subdivision were donated to two wounded warriors Wednesday morning.

Wounded warriors often struggle when returning from the battlefield -- especially when they have families.

"It's hard when you get wounded and you are trying to come back in to work and to keep going, providing," said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. John McCrillis.

The married, father-of-one McCrillis was shot in the chest and the hip while serving in Afghanistan. He was awarded one of the homes given away Wednesday.

"Its not our lives you've changed, but its our daughters'. I mean, this is going to have a ripple effect for generations," said U.S. Army Specialist Nicholas Brown.

Brown suffers from PTSD after three tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan. Brown immigrated to the U.S. from Britain, and joined the Army after Sept. 11.

These homes will give these men some peace of mind as they transition into the next phase of their lives.

"It gives us a sense of security that I can leave the military and have a house and a home to raise my daughters and to continue the healing," Brown said.

While these wounded warriors are grateful for what they've received, they want people to know that there are countless others out there just like them.

"Just keep supporting, because there's a lot of guys out there, and a lot of them wont ask for help. That's the bottom line," McCrillis said.

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