CLEVELAND - Army Staff Sgt. Aaron Hale and his wife Kelly, along with their three children, walked into their new home Saturday morning in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.
Aaron was blinded when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in Afghanistan in December 2011. He has undergone major treatments at different medical facilities.
His mother, Carol Hale, who still lives in Akron, said Aaron's family has also had to move around with him living in temporary housing so he could receive medical treatment.
She called it a blessing for them to finally have a home that's made specifically for Aaron and his injuries.
Aaron's wife, Kelly, was diagnosed with melanoma shortly after he was injured. She underwent three surgeries and is in remission. Kelly was very excited walking into the new home for the first time.
Volunteers showed up in large numbers to help make the reveal possible.
Chase Bank donated the home to the national organization Building Homes for Heroes, a non-profit that builds and renovates homes for disabled and severely wounded service members who were wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan who are in need.
Walmart donated all of the kitchen supplies and $15,000 for home improvements. Private monetary donations also helped in the effort.
There are several other soldiers, all of whom have severe injuries, waiting to receive homes.
If you would like to know more about how you can help Building Homes for Heroes, visit buildinghomesforheroes.org. They accept donations of any amount. You have access to the soldiers and their stories. You can choose which soldier and their family you would like to help get a new home.
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