Veteran receives keys to new home - FOX 13 News

Veteran receives keys to new home

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ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -

His breath was taken away.

"Oh my God," said Sgt. Charles Claybaker.

As Sgt. Charles Claybaker and his wife Kandice took the first look at their new St.Petersburg home.

"I have only been speechless maybe twice in my life and today was the second time," he said.

Sgt. Claybaker served five tours of duty as an Army Ranger.

"I loved being able to take the fight to the enemy," he said.

One night in April 2010 his unit was on their way to a mission in Afghanistan when their helicopter crashed killing four.

The sergeant suffered sever head, back and leg injuries.

"We just wanted to help him," said Andy Pujol.

Building Homes for Heroes president Andy Pujol provides wounded veterans with a home of their own.

He said after a call about the Sergeant he knew he had to help.

"When we met him we fell in love with him he is so kind hearted and compassionate," said Pujol.

They found their home in St. Petersburg where the couple grew up and met.

"Welcome to the neighborhood," a woman greeted the Claybakers.

A year after their journey began and 150 thousand dollars was spent on remodeling their house hundreds welcomed them home.

"We look forward to being your neighbor," said a man.

Sergeant Claybaker said the home will help him continue to heal.

"The idea of having a home you don't have to do anything to you don't have to remodel do anything but mow the lawn its that kind of stress relief that is hard to put into words," he said.

While starting a new beginning.

"We can dream about our future again we can it opens doors. We really appreciate them doing so much for us," said his wife Kandice.

It is a beginning both are excited to share with their new friends and neighbors.

"This is going to be us forever and its going to be great," said Sgt. Claybaker.

For more information on Building Homes for Heroes:

www.BuildingHomesforHeroes.org

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