Purple Heart veteran given free home
A Purple Heart veteran and his family moved into their new home in Palmer on Friday, but they won’t be paying for the house.
Wells Fargo and the Military Warriors Support Foundation teamed up to donate a home, mortgage-free, to Luke Connally and his family.
"This is financial freedom. This is a new start,” Luke said.
He has overcome quite a few obstacles in his life to make it here today.
Connally, a retired Marine corporal, was injured by a suicide car bomber while serving in Iraq. One of his friends died in the attack and doctors told Connally he could lose his legs.
"Mary and I got married that next July in ’05 and my goal at that point was just to walk her down the aisle, very slowly but we made it,” Luke said.
Now Luke and Mary have three boys and are ready to settle down in Alaska. They’re currently renting a home on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
As they toured their new home, the boys quickly found their favorite spot: the opening to the crawl space.
“Can we go down the hole?” 6-year-old Harrison asked excitedly.
Mary was overwhelmed by the community’s generosity and said the three bedroom home is just right for her family.
"To me, I’m a believer in Jesus, and this is just incredible how people are lined up to make things happen just the right way,” Mary said.
The house also comes with a spacious backyard. Eight-year-old Charlie wasted no time climbing to the highest branch of one of the trees.
“This is amazing,” Charlie said.
Harrison picked up a perfect place for a play area, too.
“This is where the trampoline will go,” he said.
This is the first home in Alaska donated by Wells Fargo and the Military Warriors Support Foundation; nationwide, Wells Fargo has donated homes to more than 350 families.
“It’s a new beginning for us. It’s a life-changing thing to be able to receive a house like this, mortgage free,” Luke said.
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