SMITHFIELD, Va. (WAVY) - A big surprise for a disabled veteran was revealed in Smithfield Thursday.
John Moore served in the Army for eight years before he was medically discharged. In January 2009, he was injured when the striker vehicle he was riding in drove over an IED and took a direct hit. Of the four soldiers riding in the vehicle, Moore was the most severely wounded. He lost his left leg and suffered permanent disability to his right leg.
Thursday, Moore got a new home.
An organization called "Operation Finally Home" teamed up with local builders on a $450,000 house for Moore -- all paid for with donations. Local contractors who donated their time, services, and supplies.
The organization works to find homes for wounded or disabled veterans and the widows of fallen heroes. The interview process for a home is vigorous. Moore thought he was showing up for the final interview when he found out the news about his new home.
"I'm very humbled by this, I can promise you. It is a life changing event for me," said Moore. "It means the world to me that everybody just came together and did this for us. It means a lot."
Sadler Building Corporation and Southern Living brought the operation to Hampton Roads.
Sadler Building said they could not do it without the support of the community and hope to build more homes for "Operation Finally Home" in the future.
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