Abilene, TX -- The Abilene Association of Realtors partnered with the Texas Sentinels Foundation to provide a brand new home for a medically retired veteran and his family.
"And please allow us to do good, and please allow for the builders to do good when they're building our house, and allow for my dad's knee to be better soon, amen.," prayed Keyghan Burns.
Keyghan is one of six members in the Burns family, who are all ready to start a new adventure in Abilene, Texas.
"I’d like to say just how honored and blessed we are to be here today,” said Staff Sergeant Michael Burns in an emotional speech this afternoon. “The City Of Abilene has opened their arms to us and it's just been a phenomenal experience since we've been here."
Staff Sergeant Burns injured his left leg in 2003 while deployed in Iraq with the United States Army. Since then, he has undergone several surgeries and walks with a cane. Now his bones are starting to splinter.
"Now after 11 years of dealing with it, I’ve pretty much ran out of options for surgeries. We’re looking at the possibility of amputation to improve the quality of life,” he explained.
Wife Robyn Burns said this is a decision they’ve been discussing for a while.
“When you are in a situation like that you fight as much as you can, but sometimes you have to give up something to gain something," she said.
Before, their house was not set up for his injury. But now the Texas Sentinel Foundation has partnered with the Abilene Association of Realtors to donate a wheelchair accessible home to the Burns family at zero cost.
There will be no property taxes, no debt, everything from furnished rooms to groceries in the cupboard when they move in. And the family is asking for your help to build their new home by donating 100 dollars for a brick.
"It will go on our sidewalk for our new house, and you can put whatever you want, in memory of a loved one, somebody who has passed away, or somebody who has served," explained Keyghan.
You can call any member of the Realtor Association to get a form.
Staff Sergeant Burns says it's not about what he as a soldier and veteran deserves.
"It’s about what my wife and kids deserves, a good home, a good community, and a safe environment, and because of all of you, you've made that possible."
The new home is expected to be completed by Christmas this year.