Nearly two years after retiring from the U.S. Army due to medical issues, Sgt. First Class Jerry Holcomb is finally home in North Texas.
Holcomb only recently moved to the area with his wife and two sons, but, thanks to Operation Finally Home, they now have a new place to call home in Rockwall County.
Holcomb served two tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. While in Afghanistan in 2010, he suffered numerous injuries, including severe head injuries and several shrapnel wounds, during multiple grenade attacks.
Last July 4, Holcomb and his family were invited to the holiday festivities at the FC Dallas game in Frisco. He knew his family would be honored at the game, but not with a mortgage-free home.
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That’s exactly what happened thanks to Operation Finally Home, the organizations 107th such home donations, the Dallas Builders Association and Mishler Builders.
“I said I wasn’t going to get up here and cry but when Ronnie [Lyles of Operation Finally Home] got up, here it really touched me,” Holcomb said. “If you’re ever at Walmart or a grocery store or something and see someone with a hat that says veteran, stop and thank that person.”
After a short ceremony, the Holcomb’s were given the keys to their new home, just in time to start new Independence Day traditions.