Operation: Coming Home, a joint volunteer project by the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County (HBA), the US Veterans Corps, Centex Homes, and various area nonprofits and businesses, has presented the keys to its 10th Hero Home to US Army Staff Sgt. Timothy Payne. Held on Thursday, June 25, the ceremony honored Staff Sgt. Payne, who was injured during a combat patrol in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province, losing both legs and severely injuring his left hand. The home, located in North Raleigh’s Highland Creek Preserve community is the landmark 10th Hero Home from Operation: Coming Home, and was built by award-winning Centex Homes.
Staff Sgt. Payne and his family were on hand for the celebration. The ceremony included addresses by James West, chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners; Wayne Maiorano and John Odom, Raleigh City Council members; and Tim Minton, president of the Operation: Coming Home foundation. Special performances were given by the 82nd Airborne Band and the 82nd Airborne chorus.
“Staff Sgt. Payne selflessly served his country, asking for nothing in return, but we wanted to give him this house as a way to honor his sacrifice and say ‘thank you’ on behalf of Operation: Coming home and all our volunteers,” said Tim Minton. “This custom-built home from Centex Homes will be a place where he can establish roots and become part of the community.”
Operation: Coming Home is a project that builds and donates homes for disabled combat veterans who have served in the Middle East, after a selection committee interviews candidates to determine the best fit.
For more information on Operation: Coming Home and the construction of the 10th Hero Home, click here.