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Nonprofit gives new home to wounded Army sergeant

Posted October 27, 2015 5:57 p.m. EDT
Updated October 27, 2015 6:22 p.m. EDT

— 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.