Afghanistan war veteran gifted new home in Surprise

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by azfamily.com

azfamily.com

Posted on February 15, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 15 at 1:20 PM

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Moving on also means moving in for Philip Martin and his family.

Martin, a United States Army specialist and veteran of the war in Afghanistan, received the keys to a brand new, mortgage-free home in Surprise on Friday.

"We got a beautiful, outstanding home,” he said. “It’s just almost that we can’t really believe it just happened.”

Pulte Homes gifted the fully-furnished house to Martin, his wife Audrey and their daughter Eden as part of a partnership with Operation Finally Home and several local businesses.

The home was given to Martin to thank him for his service. He joined the Army in 2007 and had two tours of duty in Afghanistan, where he was wounded by improvised explosive devices.

He was also a first responder at the Fort Hood shooting in Texas in 2009.

John Chadwick of Pulte Homes said Martin displayed real heroism in his response at Fort Hood by saving two soldiers’ lives.

“We deliver homes to American families every day,” Chadwick said, “so why not use our opportunity to give back to the veterans, and those that have served and given so much for us.”

Martin now teaches first responders in the Phoenix Fire Department. 

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