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Building 'Homes for Heroes'


   
An organization that gives homes to combat-wounded veterans is expanding its presence in the panhandle.

"Building Homes for Heroes" plans to give twenty-five mortgage free homes this year.
    Twenty of them will be in Florida.
   
Plans are already in place for a home in Destin, one in Navarre, and two in Pensacola.
   
As Channel Three's Laura Hussey tells us, they got a boost when a local company gave them free office space.

By late this year, Master Sergeant Joe Deslauriers and his family will be moving into their brand new home in Destin. Building homes for heroes works two ways, either they build from scratch like this, or they rehab foreclosures.
    Retired Army Staff Sergeant Aaron Hale and his wife Kelly already know how it feels to receive a mortgage free home from building Homes for Heroes.

Kelly Hale said, "They've changed our lives, and we are able to do so much, and help so many people because they changed our lives and so we're able to pay it forward."
    Kelly Hale now works for the charity.
   
For eight months, she searched for a place to set up a local office.
"The need is so huge in our area, with the bases, all over the panhandle. And what we're finding is that our combat wounded veterans are coming back to this area because the community is so fantastic."
   
Now, they're moving into a suite at the summit building in Destin, donated by Pelican Real Estate.   
    Ordinarily, it would rent for forty-five hundred a month.
   
Stephan Mihacevich says the inspiration was an agent who donated his last commission to building Homes for Heroes.
     "It's needed, it's needed. I know in the past, veterans came back from conflicts and weren't as warmly received. And it's so great to have elived through that period and see  what that was all about and now to have our heroes brought home. Special."
 
Aaron Hale said, "It's an exciting feeling, it's invigorating really, to see what's happening and how building Homes for Heroes is growing and to see it happening right here in our backyard"

I asked Stephan from Pelican Real Estate how long will building Homes for Heroes be in their building. He says, as long as they want.