It's something every brave man and woman who serve their country truly deserve, a place to call home.
Thursday, Bank of America made that happen for one Mid-Michigan war veteran when they handed over the keys to a newly renovated house.
The house is a brand-new and well deserved beginning for Army veteran Nathaniel Schultz, his wife Jessica and their two boys.
"I was shocked," Schultz said.
He is the recipient of a special program for military veterans. He is one of 127 veterans who received a newly renovated home. It's a special program through the Military Warriors Support Foundation and Bank of America.
"This is so special," said Nina Rodriguez, who oversees the program.
She said helping veterans is a big deal to Bank of America.
"There is no mortgage on the property. It's free and clear," she said.
Schultz and his family were selected six months ago and Thursday the couple got the keys to their Saginaw Township home. Their 5-year-old son Zachary got to pick his room.
It's been a long road for the Schultz family to get here.
In 2006 Nathaniel Schultz was nearly killed in Iraq when his Humvee struck an improvised explosive device. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and gets treated at the VA in Saginaw twice a week.
His wife is grateful they can start this new chapter together as a family.
"It's wonderful. It feels great to be able to move into a new home and start a new life," she said.
So far Bank of America has donated 127 homes to military veterans and said there are 151 more in the pipeline.
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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