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Wounded N.C. soldier gets new house from fellow vets

Posted October 27, 2008

— A veterans group on Monday presented Sgt. Joey Bozik the keys to his new house four years to the day from when he was wounded in Iraq.

A roadside bomb in Iraq injured Bozik. The 26-year-old former sergeant with the 118th Military Police Company from Fort Bragg lost both legs and his right arm when an anti-tank mine exploded under his Humvee.

Paratroopers from Fort Bragg parachuted in Monday with the keys to his new home in Fuquay-Varina.

The house was built by Operation Coming Home, a group of military veterans who are now real estate agents and home builders. All the material and labor were donated.

The mission of "Operation Coming Home" is to provide injured war veterans with free houses that the group calls "Hero Homes." Bozik was the first recipient.

The home was built with special features to make Bozik's life easier, including radiant heat floors, easy-access cabinets, a sprinkler system and appliances with special hinges and levers that make opening doors easier.

Bozik and his wife, who is pregnant, moved in Monday, because Oct. 27 is also his "Alive Day" – the anniversary of the day he came out of a coma from his injuries.

Bozik, a Wilmington native, spent more than a year at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

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  • ignc73 Oct 27, 2008

    Worland: They don't ask for anything in return? Um, how about room and board for them and their entire families for the rest of their lives?!? We give soldiers way, waaaay too much as is. We don't need a standing army. I'm tired of all of my tax dollars going to pay for these people who don't accomplish anything of merit.

  • ScoDan Oct 27, 2008

    This is a great thing to hear! Some good news finally! Capital Style Luxury transportation provided the limo for the family to take to their new home and the big "reveal"!!

  • Just the facts mam Oct 27, 2008

    Great story!

  • DangYankee Oct 27, 2008

    What a great thing to do! It's nice to read, and what a generous thing this organization has done. What to go, guys!

  • jlvjohnson Oct 27, 2008

    WAS AT THIS EVENT TODAY AND IT WAS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!!!!!!! WE SHOULD ALSO THANK THE 72 FOUNDATION THAT FED OVER 500 PEOPLE...GREAT STORY ALL AROUND!!!!!!!!!!:) GOD BLESS THE USA!!!!

  • Worland Oct 27, 2008

    It's thrilling to see this American Hero receive some of what all of us owe him. I've been so very proud of this generation of troops. They give so much and ask nothing in return.

    The Gulf War II vets have returned to a country where half of the citizens have been cheering for them to lose in Iraq. We really haven't learned a thing about how to treat our hero's in uniform.

  • tarheelsfan0806 Oct 27, 2008

    I'm glad to see this story getting attention! They came to my work last week at the Golf Club and had lunch & played golf with us and he seems like a very nice guy! Very Deserving!! Wish for the best for him and his family!

  • ENC-43 Oct 27, 2008

    Duke Blue-I was there today, and couldn't help but think about my grandfather who was a purple heart veteran of WWII. He didn't feel appreciated either. Rather than focusing on that, though, I thought about how much I wished he were here to see the appreciation for a fellow veteran. This was truly an awe inspiring event.

  • jointheir Oct 27, 2008

    I wish I could have been a part of this.. I would have loved to!

  • ncweddingdj.com Oct 27, 2008

    Excellent idea, excellent story. Start a new trend....

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