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Army Corporal Stephen Pearson and family welcomed into new home on April 2


Army Corporal Stephen Pearson was gifted a mortgage-free home, courtesy of Building Homes for Heroes®, on April 2, 2016 in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Corporal Pearson  was onboard a CH-47 Chinook helicopter when it crashed in Afghanistan in 2007. Eight American service members were killed, and more than a dozen others, including Corporal Pearson, were injured.

The Iraq and Afghanistan veteran was welcomed into his new neighborhood with a patriotic ceremony. He will live with his wife, Jacqueline, and their 4-year-old son, Kelton. “I cannot begin to tell you how thankful we are … for us to be standing here,” Jacqueline Pearson said during the ceremony. “(Stephen) has worked so hard, and I could not imagine anyone more deserving. We can’t wait to be a part of this community and pay it back 10 times forward.”

Asked by a television reporter about his favorite part of the ceremony, Corporal Pearson said, “Seeing my son run around in the backyard with … the playground, and seeing my wife respond when she saw the master bedroom, and the bath, and everything.”

Among the ceremony participants were Building Homes for Heroes Founder and President Andy Pujol, as well as Florida state Representatives Jay Trumbull and Matt Gaetz.

For his service to his country, Corporal Pearson has been awarded the Iraqi Campaign Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense

Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and other commendations.

About Building Homes for Heroes®  

Counting nine consecutive years of record-setting growth, Building Homes for Heroes® builds and gifts mortgage-free homes, and completes home modifications, for veterans and their families, and provides further services along their road to recovery to help them live a promising and fulfilling life ahead. The organization is strongly committed to rebuilding lives and supporting the brave men and women who were injured while serving the country after September 11, 2001, during the time of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. After gifting 28 homes in 2015, Building Homes for Heroes® has its sights set on gifting 35 homes in 2016. It's our honor to support the men and women who have loyally and courageously served our country.