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An Army veteran and his family received the gift of a new home thanks to Building Homes for Heroes and JP Morgan Chase. Today, the family from Florida got the chance to see their new Diamondhead home for the first time.
Faces filled with shock as a family’s prayers are answered and they take their first steps into their new home. Army Staff Sergeant Jay Piper and his wife, Sherri, are the proud new owners of a mortgage free home in Diamondhead thanks to Building Homes for Heroes.
This national non-profit group builds and modifies homes for wounded veterans and their families. Operations Manager Kim Valdyke said, “It’s the most rewarding thing to see the worry lifted off the family. For them to know that they have a safe and secure place to live and that they don’t have to worry about paying for it.”
Piper was injured in a parachute accident at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, but this is a new, welcome start for the family. “I’m so overwhelmed and in shock still. I can’t even, it’s so overwhelming that it’s going to take about a month for this to feel like reality, I guess.”
Sherri Piper said, “This is just truly a blessing and there’s just no words to put how this has turned out for our family. This is really going to provide stability and just more love.”
As evidenced by the built in grab bars in the master bathroom for the retired staff sergeant who is still in the process of healing, but this gift goes beyond the physical realm. “Those little things make a huge difference as far as the transitioning. It makes it easier on her helping me and my sons helping me,” said Jay Piper.
This Florida family will officially make Mississippi their home when they move in at the end of May.

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