A seriously wounded Army veteran who was in combat in Iraq found out that there are still some really good people in the world. Well, at least in North Carolina.
An Army veteran and his family are settling into a home donated to them mortgage-free and renovated by Bank of America and the Military Warriors Support Foundation.
Retired Sgt. Allen Megginson and his wife Amy arrived at the home this morning, escorted by members of the Patriot Guard. Megginson served for several years in the Army, deploying to Iraq, where he suffered brain, back and knee injuries. After leaving the military, he had a job, but lost it due to his PTSD.
But now, thanks to a community of volunteers, they can start rebuilding their lives.
This story really sets out the difference between military families and those who live on the “entitlement train.”
Allen says, “I never feel like I deserve it, regardless of what I go through and the injuries I have. I don’t ever think that I deserve something like this because I always feel like my brothers and sisters in arms deserve it more.”
“Yeah, there’s someone worse off,” Amy adds.
The couple has five children and several grandchildren. They say they hope this house will become a “home base” for the family.
Allen also plans on building a shop behind the house where he hopes to share his love of woodworking with fellow veterans who may be having a hard time coping with PTSD or adjusting to civilian life after the military.
This summer the Megginsons say they would like to host other veterans and their families for cookouts in their back yard. They also are talking of starting a nonprofit to help people donate items to veterans in need.
This Marine Corps family thanks the good people of Winston Salem. Your community (and by the way, THIS story is what a “community” looks like) has earned our gratitude for being able to report on something really awe-inspiring. Thank you.
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