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Volunteers come together to give Memphis veteran new home

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The family takes a look at the vet's soon-to-be new home (SOURCE: WMC Action News 5) The family takes a look at the vet's soon-to-be new home (SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A Memphis veteran is getting a new home thanks to dozens of people who chose to pay it forward. 

Volunteers from a variety of groups are hammering away at a Raleigh house. They're working to turn to house into a home for a veteran.  According to project managers, there are some very special details contained in the blueprints.

Walter and his family were wide-eyed as they toured their soon-to-be new home for the first time since construction started.

WMC Action News 5 has agreed not to identify the family until the construction is completed.

Volunteers said their work is about giving back.

"Seeing his mom hop out of the car and just cry tears of joy and his brother cry tears of joy, that all his hard work and sacrifices as a veteran for our country has paid off here," volunteer Drew Gentry said.

Tim Bolding, United Housing Executive Director, said the home's universal design means less barriers that could make things difficult for residents or visitors with handicaps.

"Any kind of mobility issue like getting up stairs or using a doorknob," Bolding said. 

That will come in very useful when Walter's mother comes over for a visit. Right now she is unable to physically go up to visit her son in his upstairs apartment.

"He will have a 0 percent forgivable first mortgage," Bolding said. "If he lives in it each year for 15-years, 1/15 of the mortgage would disappear."

Gentry said seeing the grateful faces of Walter and his family motivates volunteers.

"The only way we're going to be able to make Memphis better is to do it together," Gentry said. "We all need to be the change we wish to see."

Project managers predict the home will be finished by the end of January.

Walter was chosen out of dozens of applicants in the Mid-South. The organizations plan to do more houses for other vets in the future. Home Depot, AARP, Wells Fargo, and United Housing are all part of the group making this home a reality.

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