Organization breaks ground on home for wounded veteran

Organization breaks ground on home for wounded veteran (Image 1)

Operation FINALLY HOME broke ground on a new house in Hendersonville Wednesday for a veteran who spent four years in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Spc. Brad Wilson was wounded in an ambush by a rocket-propelled grenade while serving in Afghanistan in 2010.

Since then, he has dealt with severe migraines, insomnia, memory loss, lack of balance and vision problems, all conditions associated with posttraumatic stress disorder.

“We didn't know what we were going to do when we got out,” said Wilson. “We had been looking at a house and were having trouble getting one.”

Operation FINALLY HOME is a non-profit organization that honors America's wounded and disabled veterans, as well as widows of the fallen, by building them homes.

The organization has built a total of 48 houses for veterans and their families.

“We want to build as many homes as we can, but our goal is to just build the next one,” said Director Rusty Carrol.

Hendersonville home builder Pulte Homes is building the house for Wilson and his family in the Creekside at Station Camp subdivision near Long Hollow Road.

The home will feature a room without any windows for Wilson to be at peace when symptoms of posttraumatic stress creep in.

“They're going to make it so that it's a quiet room, dark and quiet. For when I get overwhelmed or a migraine,” said Wilson.

Wilson, his wife and three kids, ages five, three and one, will move into the home this June, mortgage free.

“This is a huge burden off of us and it's going to help us immensely. Our kids are going to have a good school. We're excited,” he said.

Wilson is also scheduled to graduate college later this year.

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