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Army vet surprised with new home

Posted November 6, 2013

— Army Ranger Nathan Rimpf’s life changed a year and a half ago.

Both of his legs had to be amputed after he stepped on a mine while serving in Afghanistan.

His life changed again on Wednesday – but this time for the better.

Rimpf was surprised with a brand new home built and donated by Operation Coming Home, a nonprofit that provides homes for disabled combat veterans who have served in the Middle East.

“I’m just really excited for him,” said his mother, Cindy Rimpf. “It’s quite the ending to a special year and a half.”

Employees from Chesapeake Homes, which built the house on Palace Garden Way in Raleigh, and other partners and vendors were all there Wednesday to see Nathan Rimpf’s reaction. The 2,900-square-foot home was built to accommodate his wheelchair, and all of the furniture was donated by Belk's and Kimbrell's Furniture.

Nathan Rimpf Nonprofit donates custom home to wounded warrior

“When I walked in, I had never seen it fully furnished like this. It took my breath away – one of those moments I’ll remember,” said Rimpf.

In every home it builds for a wounded warrior, Operation Coming Home likes to do something special. For Rimpf, it was a “ranger room” – a place for him to display his awards and dress blues.

“Thank you doesn’t exactly do enough justice,” Rimpf said. “I just want you to look at this as more of an investment because I’m going to try to do something with all this I’ve been given.”

Rimpf, a 2006 graduate of Leesville Road High School and 2010 graduate of East Carolina University, earned a Purple Heart for his service.

Rimpf will get the keys to the home on Thursday, but he won't move in until January. He's still recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland.


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  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Nov 7, 2013

    Best story ever!!!

  • NoObamaCare Nov 7, 2013

    "Rangers Lead The Way!"

  • whatelseisnew Nov 7, 2013

    Wow, that is just amazing. Absolutely terrific.

  • 678devilish Nov 7, 2013

    What an awesome deed.

    How awesome! Really! when other veterans has never had this kind of treatment. They protected us too. So why are they homeless right here in North Carolina?

  • 678devilish Nov 7, 2013

    There are many other deserving veterans. What about them?

  • 678devilish Nov 7, 2013

    Good for him. But what about all these HOMELESS VETERANS IN NORTH CAROLINA? They need a home and help too. If you can do for this one, then do for all the other veterans that are in dire need, especially the homeless. If you cannot, then all you have done here is really in vain. I am a veteran's wife.

  • VW girl 2013 Nov 7, 2013

    He says thank you for a house when he gave so much more. Thank You, Ranger Rimpf! You deserve it! And now, may you be able to rest and recouperate knowing that your home awaits you!

  • tarheelatheart65 Nov 7, 2013

    What an awesome deed. I'm so grateful for the kind hearted people who so unselfishness donated their time, material and money to make this happen for our solider who unselfishness made a big sacrfrice for our freedom. It's great to know I live in a great state with these great people!

  • BreBoy Nov 6, 2013

    Enjoy your new home. You deserve it! Thanks so much for your service.