Injured war veteran rewarded with new home and more

Posted at: 02/14/2014 10:55 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

How do you thank a man who not only risked his life, but lost his leg for our freedom?

Some people made sure Friday that he and his family are set up for the rest of their lives.

Both sides of a street in Mesa del Sol's community were lined with people waiting for the man of the hour to get the moment of a lifetime.

A limousine escorted by police cars arrived to cheers.

Sergeant Luis Lugo needed a hand to get out of the car.

He stepped on a land mine three years ago and lost his left leg.

His wife Louise, and three-year-old son Isaac right behind him as they all made the first trip to a place they'll call home from now on.

What this family didn't know was what was waiting for them inside their new home.

The house is fully furnished.

"I thought we were just getting a house and walked through the door and it's fully furnished. I mean, what else could you ask for? This is a dream come true, really," Luis said.

Sergeant Lugo served in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and came home with a Purple Heart.

So, who made this all happen?

A group called Operation Finally Home partnered with Pulte Homes as well as several local contractors who donated their time and work.

Sergeant Lugo's home was built close to the VA hospital he frequently goes to.