Operation: Coming Home, a local Triangle-based organization, partners with local builders and home professionals to provide homes to military veterans. They’ve worked with builders like Pulte Homes, Lennar, CalAtlantic, M/I Homes, Royal Oaks, and Chesapeake Homes. Last week, the late SGT Justin B. Onwardi’s widow was awarded a new home in Knightdale Station. Justin’s wife Emory is a veteran herself, and met her Nigerian-born husband while serving. They have several children.

Upon the receiving of the key to Ebony’s new home, there was not a dry eye in sight as SGT Onwardi’s mother gave a touching speech about Justin and the blessings she has received involving this project.

Hundreds of people gathered at Knightdale Station on Thursday to honor the Onwardi’s. In attendance was the mayor of Knightdale, several councilmen, news crews, other esteemed veterans, and past recipients of Operation: Coming Home. The organization has given away 16 homes to date.

Operation: Coming Home was started out of the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County. They saw a need of wounded veterans and their families. The mission of the organization is to help local veterans who have been severely wounded in combat, and allow them the right of home ownership. There is a key ceremony, shown above, for every home given and is produced by US veterans.

All builders and professionals involved in these projects donate lots of time and money to provide these veterans with homes. Money is raised to purchase lots, building materials and labor are donated by local companies, and the towns the homes are built in waive fees normally associated with houses that are usually thousands of dollars. Home recipients promise to stay in the associated city for at least six years, and commit to being a part of their respective communities.

Want to learn more about Operation: Coming Home? Learn more on their website and Facebook page