GIVING THANKS: Veteran Gets Life-Changing Gift

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A first of its kind project in Iowa broke ground Wednesday.  When it's done, a deserving family will have a new place to call home.

Nathan and Cassie Mason have called Ankeny home for the last four years.  As their family grew, they started to run out of room.  Emma turns two next month and baby Carter is only four months old.  The family began to look for a bigger home.  It turns out, they didn't have to look far.

“This is the biggest thing I ever had happen to me,” says retired U.S Army Specialist Nathan Mason.

The Afghanistan combat veteran was awarded the Purple Heart after a gunshot to the leg and a fractured skull ended his military career.  The Masons soldiered on and today they're getting a gift of a lifetime.  A new home built for free courtesy of the program Operation Finally Home.

“Their home is going to be around a 1700 square foot ranch.  Fully ADA for any future needs that Nathan would have,” says Ironwood Homes Co-Founder Jon Sieck.

Ironwood Homes is building Iowa’s first house for wounded veterans and families of fallen soldiers.  Everything from the lot in Polk City to the materials is donated.  All told, it's about a $300,000 gift.

"They're going to allow us to give our children a life that maybe we wouldn't have before and I'm grateful for that,” says Mason.

“The day before Thanksgiving couldn't be a more fitting day to do something like this,” says Sieck.

The Mason's should be able to move into their new home early next summer.


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