It was a different welcome home for veteran Rory Shaffer and her family.
Shaffer lives in Oregon, but will be moving to Elizabeth City, North Carolina after she received a mortgage-free home from the organization Building Homes for Heroes.
“It’s a pretty awesome feeling knowing someone has gone through all this to give something to us,” said Shaffer’s husband Courtney.
Shaffer said it is the start of something new for her family.
Shaffer served in the Army for 18 years and was injured during her second tour in Iraq. She suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
“I’m not the same as I was before. Since I got injured, I have concentration issues. I get anxious real easily,” said Shaffer.
Building Homes for Heroes, which has been operating since 2006, is giving Post 9/11 veterans, like Shaffer, an opportunity to get back to a normal life by providing them homes.
Shaffer applied to the program two years ago and found out before the July 4 that her family was matched with a home.
They never expected to move across the country for their new start.
“It’s like a new beginning for us. We’re excited,” said Courtney Shaffer.
Their home is the first one built in Elizabeth City by the organization, but Building Homes for Heroes has placed other military families in Virginia Beach, Willliamsburg and Fredericksburg.
The group is coming up on building their 100th home throughout the country, but this is the first home that is making the Shaffers feel like they belong.
“I’ll be stable. I don’t like my environment to change very much. Being normal is a good thing for me,” said Shaffer.