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Wounded Soldier Receives Free Home

Soldier was wounded by roadside bomb in 2008



    (Published Thursday, July 5, 2012)

    A North Texas soldier who was wounded while serving overseas has received a new home in Forney.

    The Military Warriors Support Foundation and Bank of America paid for the home.

    U.S. Army Sgt. Kevin Bowden said the four-bedroom, two-story home with a den is an American dream.

    "It definitely pulls on your heartstrings in a way that I can't explain," he said.

    "It's mind-boggling," said his wife, Andrea Bowden.

    The Bowdens said they have nothing but gratitude for the Military Warriors Support Foundation and Bank of America.

    "The feelings are so complicated right now," Andrea Bowden said. "It's humbling. I'm so full of gratitude for everybody."

    Kevin Bowden brought an important piece of his past from when he was injured by a roadside bomb in March 2008 with him.

    "That's the armor plate that slowed the impact down enough to keep me alive," he said. "If it weren't for that piece, I wouldn't be alive."

    When his wife applied to the Military Warriors Support Foundation, the board was moved by her husband's courage and his battle with a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

    "These kids are not paid like attorneys or bankers or architects, they're in the military and serving our country," Paul Lavoie said.

    Bowden is now starting a new chapter with his two little boys, Ryan and Scott.

    "I'm just speechless," he said.

    The Military Warriors Support Foundation is looking for more wounded servicemen and women to apply to the program. They said they have about 1,000 homes to award.