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Nonprofit gives new home to wounded Army sergeant

Posted October 27, 2015

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— An Army sergeant who was severely injured in Afghanistan by a suicide bomber in 2012 was given the keys to his new Wake Forest home Tuesday, courtesy of Operation: Coming Home.

Kyle Snyder said while the home is new, it is already full of memories. The home includes the hand prints of those who helped with construction, and a "hero room," complete with military seals on the walls.

"A lot of people I deployed with and those that were there when I got injured, they are a part of this house," Snyder said.

The Navy, Army and National Guard veteran is the 11th recipient of a new home by the nonprofit, a program that builds homes for disabled combat veterans who served in the Middle East.

They said Snyder was special because he was also committed to helping others.

"He's worked for the National Guard and Army Reserves and helped other wounded warriors directly," said Andrew Ladner, president of Operation: Coming Home.

Three of Snyder's comrades were killed in the attack that left him injured. He spent 13 months in rehab and still walks with a limp.

"It has really been a hectic three years in and out of hospitals and doctor appointments," said Synder's wife, Joann. "We are ready to just be settled."

Synder is the first member of the National Guard to be gifted with a new home through Operation: Coming Home.

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  • Wayne Douglas III Oct 28, 2015
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    Now this is awesome. This is Americans, caring for those who willingly put their lives on the line, so that some less than intelligent brainiacs, would have the right to protest the military and the right to bear arms, along with the freedom os speech and the freedom of religion.

    Much thanks to Operation Coming Home. From a veteran of the US Army and the USMC, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. It should go without saying, but I would rather speak up. To Sgt. Kyle Snyder, I thank you also sir. You are why we are still a free country today. Semper Fi Sgt Snyder. I hope you enjoy your new home. You have earned it.