Army veteran injured in IED blast surprised with a mortgage-free home in Texas



Disabled veteran overwhelmed to receive mortgage-free home

The AMERICAN Major, Eric King, who served for 13 years and was injured in an IED explosion, surprised with the gift of a custom, mortgage-free home in Irving, Texas.

An Army veteran who served for 13 years and was injured by an improvised explosive device, was surprised Monday with the gift of a custom, mortgage-free home.

The AMERICAN Major, Eric King told FOX4 he was under the impression he was a candidate to be eligible for a free house-but he had no idea that the selection is already complete.

“I was not prepared. I thought we were going to meet and coffee. This is really surprising,” he said. “I want to express my gratitude to my Heavenly Father for me to be here today. He has allowed me to get through the triumph, the surviving combat, is able to get back in the right state of mind.”

King served 13 years in the army and did two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. During his last deployment, he was injured in an IED explosion..

The AMERICAN Major, Eric King, who served for 13 years, was injured in an IED explosion.


“I do not myself feel you deserve it,” he said about the house. “There are more heroes who can’t be here today. They deserve it. They deserve it.”

The king and his family were also treated to a motorcycle escort for the surprise, according to FOX4.


Ronnie Lyles of Operation Finally Home, the group, together with the city of Irving and a group of donors to buy the house, told CBS Dallas that surprising King with the house was just to give back to someone who had already given so much for his community and the country.

“At the end of the day, we take the stress of a mortgage of their shoulders, where they can continue to heal their mind, their body and their spirit and their life,” Lyles said.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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