Injured veteran receives mortgage-free home: ‘so deserving’

A man named Joseph Steele, who is a retired US Army staff sergeant, received an incredible gift on Thursday thanks to generous donors.

His family received a mortgage-free home “donated by Wells Fargo to the Military Warriors Support Foundation,” WSAZ reported.

“It is an honor to serve you and your family with your very own mortgage-free home located in Flatwoods, KY,” the foundation said in a social media post Friday.

Pictures online show the veteran and his family enjoying the beautiful home, which featured white columns at the front door and a wide driveway.

Steele was enlisting in high school when 9/11 happened and joined the Washington Air National Guard in late 2001, the WSAZ article continues:

It was during his deployment to Iraq that he was injured in action when the vehicle he was driving knocked over an improvised explosive device which detonated. He is a recipient of the Purple Heart for the injuries he suffered that day. In 2018, after 17 years of continuous service in the Washington Air National Guard, United States Army, and Louisiana Army National Guard, he retired from the military.

Steele has since struggled with his disability and eventually learned he was narcoleptic with cataplexy, according to his wife, Sherri, who said it was difficult for veterans with issues no one can see.

“They don’t feel deserving, but they are. Just because you can’t see a disability doesn’t mean that person isn’t suffering horribly on the inside,” she noted. “He’s been through a lot, and he so deserves everything he gets, and that’s one of those amazing things.”

The Military Warriors Support Foundation website said its mission is to help ensure a smooth and successful transition for battle-injured heroes and Gold Star families.

Now this family is excited about their future and living in their beautiful home.

“That’s how I feel, we’re starting our life together,” Sherri said.


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