SAN ANTONIO – A wounded warrior was given the keys to his new dream home Saturday despite some setbacks along the way.
Army Sgt. Luis Alvarado is finally coming to the house he will call home.
"This is an amazing, amazing, amazing mission to provide soldiers like my son the opportunity to rebuild their lives. Its a hard life, but a life full of love and a life full of friendships," said Alvarado's mother, Sonia Alvarado.
This is the 204th mortgage-free home that Homes for Our Troops has gifted to severely injured veteran like Luis Alvarado.
"It was on his third tour down range, leading his soldiers, he was injured by an IED," Sonia Alvarado said.
Luis Alvarado lost both his legs and suffered a severe traumatic brain injury from the blast. His new 2,760-square foot, four-bedroom home is adapted to his specific needs.
But the process behind presenting the home for the Alvarado family was all roses earlier this month. Thieves broke into the home and stole several appliances donated specifically for the local hero.
It was a potential setback, but that didn't stop the outpouring of support to ensure that the home was completed in time for the family to move in.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you. This means the world to us, but I know it means the world to Luis because it reminds him that he has not been forgotten. It reminds him that all his sacrifice -- the American people still appreciate that," Sonia Alvarado said.