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May 3, 2013 6:32 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

Wounded Veteran Gets a New Home

ROCKPORT - The Rockport community has come together to welcome a hero into their community.

John Kroll was injured in a helicopter crash in Iraq in 2007. He is currently living in a military shelter in Houston with his wife April, but that will soon change.

A Houston man heard about John through the Wounded Warrior's Project and donated a home he built in Rockport. His mother, D.D. King, lives in Rockport and says he was more than happy to donate the home to John and his wife.

"There couldn't be perhaps a finer cause than our veterans," said D.D. King.

King's son owns a residential construction company and knew the two bedroom home they built in Rockport would be perfect for the Krolls.

"And it has been one of the most joyful experiences we have ever had," said King.

King reached out to the Coastal Bend Troop Support to ask for help to turn the empty house into a home. When the President and CEO of the organization asked, people began donating. HEB is even helping by completely stocking their pantry and refrigerator.

"It is just so heart warming to know there are so many caring people in the world and in our community," said President and CEO of Coastal Bend Troop Support Carla Reed.

Soon the empty house will look like a home with all new furniture and appliances donated by community members and the Kings.

"It hasn't sunk in yet. You know, it's still all really magical. But they're very grateful, very sweet humble people," said D.D. King.

The Krolls will move into their new home next week.

If you would like to donate to the Krolls the Coastal Bend Troop Support Inc. is collecting gift cards to help the family get on their feet.

Gift cards requested: HEB, Home Depot, and Wal-Mart
Stores in the Rockport/Corpus Christi area: Lowes, Pro build, Gas cards, Sam's Warehouse, Sherwin Williams, Sears, Tackle Town, and CVS

You can mail these cards to the Coastal Bend Troop Support Inc. at P.O. Box 742, Rockport, TX 78381. Include a note saying the card is for John and April Kroll.

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