Operation: Coming Home Begins Construction of Home for Marine Cpl. Ryan Wightman

Nonprofit Organization and Royal Oaks Homes to Build Ninth Hero Home in Fuquay-Varina Neighborhood

On November 13, U.S. Marine Cpl. Ryan Wightman began to feel at home again. Operation: Coming Home, a joint volunteer project by the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County (HBA), the U.S. Veterans Corps, and various area nonprofits and businesses, began construction on its ninth Hero Home. The custom-built home, which is to be built in Fuquay-Varina’s Parker Pointe Community, is provided by Royal Oaks Homes and will give Cpl. Wightman and his wife a place to call their own.

“Our volunteers banded together to create a custom-built home where Cpl. Wightman and his wife can become part of the local community, raise a family, and make memories for years to come,” said Tim Minton, president of the Operation: Coming Home Foundation. “[T]here is no one more deserving of a new home.”

Cpl. Wightman, a native of Orange Park, Florida, enlisted in 2009 to train at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, South Carolina and then attended the Marine Corps School of Infantry in Camp Geiger, North Carolina. During his career as a rifleman, he was assigned to Weapons Company, Scout Sniper Platoon, 1st Battalion, 8th Regiment. Cpl. Wightman was stationed in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and then promoted to Lance Corporal in 2010. He deployed to Helmand Province in Afghanistan from Sept. 2010 to March 2011 and upon his return to the United States, Cpl. Wightman married his wife, Melissa on March 29, 2011.

On Jan. 7, 2012, he again deployed to Helmand Province and was injured by an improvised explosive device on May 26, 2012 while trying to help a fallen Marine. He was transferred to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he now resides. On Sept. 3, 2014, after two years of limb salvage and multiple surgeries, his left leg was amputated below the knee.

On hand for this special celebration were Cpl. Wightman and family members; U.S. Army General Cornell Wilson, military advisor to Gov. Pat McCrory; Phil Matthews, chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners; John Byrne, Fuquay-Varina mayor; the USO of North Carolina; representatives from the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County (HBA), and members of the U.S. Veterans Corps. The ceremony included addresses by Tim Minton, president of the Operation: Coming Home Foundation and executive vice president of the HBA, and U.S. Marine Capt. Michael Steadman.

For more information on Operation: Coming Home and the construction of the ninth Hero Home, visit www.OperationComingHome.com or visit them on Facebook and find out how you can help support this organization. New Homes & Ideas is honored to be a part of such a worthwhile cause that gives back to those who have sacrificed much for the country we live in, and encourages others to do the same.

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