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Veteran Is Honored In Front Of Crowd, Then They Pull Away American Flag To Reveal His New Home

by Lindsey Smith
Lindsey is from Florida and has worked in online and print media. Her happy place is Michaels craft store.

Marine veteran Corporal Tim Donley of Bethel, Pennsylvania lost both of his legs serving overseas in Afghanistan.

On June 8, 2017, he was honored by members of his community and the Tunnel to Tower Foundation, which builds homes for veterans. 

The couple faced the large American flag that was behind them and as it was pulled down, their brand-new home came into view. “Honestly, I’ve never had a home of my own,” Tim says. “I’ve never had anywhere that’s just been ours.”

Tim and Kelly walked around the house astonished at all of the features that came with their new home.

The main difference between their house and any other home is the ease of accessibility for Tim’s wheelchair and the couple’s guests’ wheelchairs too.

Appliances and cabinets are lowered for Tim and most of the house’s features can be controlled on a tablet. “It’s changing our lives,” Tim says. “I’m really looking forward to all the differences this is going to make.”

Outside of the house, the couple has a flagpole and a plaque that commemorates Tim’s service to America.

“This is a way for us to say thank you for all you’ve done. You’ve given so much,” Frank Siller, Chairman & CEO of Tunnel to Tower Foundation says “This is the least we can certainly do for you.”

If Tim and Kelly’s surprise made you smile, please SHARE this video on Facebook with all veteran supporters!

Footage provided courtesy of WPMT (FOX 43 Harrisburg)

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