COLLINSVILLE, IL. (KTVI) - A military family gets a gift of a lifetime from a generous couple. That gift was a new home and for the Walter family it could not have come at a better time.
Sgt. Thomas Walter and his family spent their Wednesday meeting new neighbors, as they moved into their new home in Collinsville. A 2200 -square foot home they got for free. The Iraq and Afghanistan War veteran who suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder says it`s a dream come true.
"Sure enough they called us back and said oh yeah you have a house it was a really big surprise. I wanted someone to pinch me to make sure I was awake," said Walter
The Walter family got the keys to their new home on Wednesday after a friend suggested they apply for help from H.E.R.O.E.S Care while staying at Fort Leonard Wood. It turns out Earl and Anita Johnson wanted to donate their home to a military family and the Walter`s were selected. Home Depot donated a washer and dryer and Two Men and A Truck moved the family for free. Anita Johnson says she`s thankful for the opportunity to help.
'We do this with a lot of pride, to be able to give back to someone that deserves it. We hope that this will encourage other people. To let them know that don`t know they can have options not just money but a donation of time,' said Johnson
Sgt. Walter is still on the long road to recovery, but says having a home for his family is the best gift he could`ve ever asked for.
The Johnson's have relocated to the Troy, Missouri area and plan to visit their old and new friends as much as possible.
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