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Army Sergeant Louis Lund receives a mortgage-free home


On March 24, 2016, Building Homes for Heroes gifted a mortgage-free home to Army Sergeant Louis Lund in Davenport, Florida.

The 15-year veteran of the U.S. Army served two tours in Iraq, one in Afghanistan and one in Kuwait. Sergeant Lund suffered a back injury early in his service, requiring surgery. Another back injury in 2009 led to a spinal infusion that ended his military service. He also suffers from severe posttraumatic stress disorder.

Entering his new, nearly 1,900-square-foot home with family members by his side, an emotional Lund was in tears as he thought of his wife, Julie, who died from a stroke in 2014. “If she were here, she would be every bit as amazed and overwhelmed as I was,” he told reporters inside the home.

For his service to his country, Sergeant Lund has been awarded the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with One Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Two Stars, Army Commendation Medal (2x), Army Achievement Medal (2x), Joint Meritorious Award, Good Conduct Medal (4x), National Defense Medal (2x) and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, among other commendations.

“Out of everything that he’s been through, he definitely deserves this house,” said Sergeant Lund’s daughter, Elizabeth.

Building Homes for Heroes is aiming to gift as many as 35 homes to injured U.S. veterans in 2016.