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Local Army Vet Gets New Home

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It was an emotional day for army sergeant Aaron Jolly, who is finally receiving the home of his dreams.

"Its like wow," said Jolly. "I've been waiting 7 months for this and now that its finally here, it is incredible."

Jolly was on his second tour in Afghanistan when an IED blew up leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

Since then, Jolly has been discharged and has trouble finding a home that was handicap accessible. He has been living with his mom ever since the accident, but now he is independent again

"He survived something that's incredible and after everything he's done for our country, it feels good to give something back like this," said Karen Schroeder, co-owner of Mayberry Homes.

His mother, Connie Jolly, has been his primary caregiver and she is excited to see her son get the chance to do things on his own again.

"There's so much more he'll be able to do for himself that he's limited to in the space of our home," said Connie Jolly.

The non-profit organization "Homes For Our Troops" helps disabled vets like Jolly after they come back form the war. They build homes completely for free. This one was built with the help of Mayberry Homes as well as other local organizations.

And today's key ceremony is just as special for them as it is for Jolly.

"Its been a longtime coming and what a better way to celebrate the holidays than giving these guys they keys to their newly built home," said Larry Gill Veteran Liaison, Homes For Our Troops

Jolly adds that he can't wait to get settled into his new home.

"The first thing I am going to do is throw my hands up and rejoice," said Jolly.

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