Wounded Iraq veteran gets new home - FOX 13 News

Wounded Iraq veteran gets new home

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WEEKI WACHEE (FOX 13) -

It hasn't quite sunk in yet for Anthony Smith and his family, but a new house in Hernando county is now theirs. Anthony is a wounded warrior, a former Army medic. An American flag waves proudly outside...the same colors he sacrificed for.

"The house is unbelievable. More than we ever would've imagined," Smith said.

Anthony suffers from post-traumatic stress after serving in Iraq. He was injured in 2008, coming under fire while helping fellow soldiers struck by an IED. Thanks to the Military Warriors Support Foundation, he, his wife and three girls can move out of their tiny apartment into a place he where can truly begin to heal.

"I'm glad he's got something. It'll give him a peaceful place to get his thoughts together," said Victor Smith, Anthony's father. "It is going to be overwhelming at first but I'm sure over a couple months we'll fill every square inch of the place."

They're already beginning to move in piece by piece, but they're still in need of some items to make this house a home.

"They have an air mattress and a toddler bed so we're working together as a community," said Hernando County Commissioner Diane Rowden.

Providing a new start to a family who has already given up so much, and to a man who put his country before himself.

"It'll give us roots and friends and people who care to help us get through this," Heather Smith said.

If you'd like to help Anthony Smith and his family, donations can be made to "The Smith Family Charitable Trust" at Suntrust Bank. It is on Jefferson Street in Brooksville.

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