East Texans building home for wounded warrior

Published on Wednesday, 8 February 2017 17:30 - Written by

An East Texas builder is working with a nonprofit organization to thank one of our nation’s heroes in a big way.

Builder Randy Randolph is seeking community support to construct a new, mortgage-free home for a wounded warrior.

Randolph, owner of JennRand Dividends LLC, is spearheading the project along with Operation Finally Home.

“It's very special, probably the most special one I’ve ever done because we're getting to give back,” Randolph said.

Since 2005, Operation Finally Home has dedicated 120 mortgage-free houses to service members nationwide.

One year ago, the group unveiled its first home in East Texas - dedicated to Staff Sgt. Patrick Rogers.

“It has taken a weight off my shoulders my wife's shoulders. Very good anchor for the children,” Rogers said. 

Rogers, is still recovering from a number of injuries he suffered while serving as a medic in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“I was more than happy to accept (the houes), shocked, very happy,” he said. “They are a great group of people. They do everything for vets they can.”

The mission of Operation Finally Home is made possible by builders, like Randolph. At a Longview Builders Association town hall meeting, he asked subcontractors and vendors to consider helping.

“We are truly changing lives,” said Ronnie Lyles, project manager for Operation Finally Home. “These young men and women have laid their lives on the line for our country so it's the least we can do to give back and take the stress off of them of having that mortgage.”

Randolph hopes the recipients of teh next home will be able to move in by year’s end.