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May 7, 2013 5:44 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

Wounded Warrior Grateful for Donated Home in Rockport

ROCKPORT - A wounded vet got a warm welcome from community members as he and his wife moved into their brand new home.

"I just thought I'd never see something like this. And I'm amazed. I'm just to thankful and appreciative for everything," says John Kroll.

John was wounded in a helicopter crash in Iraq 6 years ago and suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and brain damage. He had been living in a military homeless shelter with his wife until Operation Finally Home told him they found a house for him.

'I just don't, I don't have the words to express how thankful I am and appreciative I am." "It's a new start for us, and a new beginning."

The home was built and donated by Sheryl and Brad King who own a residential construction business in Houston. This is the first home they've donated to a wounded veteran and say it won't be the last.

"We know they are going to start fresh and they're gonna have good friends and a community that's here to support them," says Sheryl King.

As the Krolls walked into their home for the first time they were in shock. The home was fully furnished by the Kings, community members, and even HEB.

We asked Kroll if he was expecting any of this. "No. It was a very good secret kept from us. This is just... when we say we're overwhelmed, we mean it," he replied.

Now that he and his wife have a place to call home, they are ready to get involved with their new community and give back to the people that gave them so much.

The King family has already starting planning to give another home to a wounded veteran in the near future. They already have the land and are working on funding to build the home.

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