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Veteran gets free home in Florence

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - It's estimated that on any given night in America more than 3,000 veterans across the U.S. are homeless.

To lower that number and honor those who have served a group is awarding our nation's heroes with free homes.

Staff Sergeant James Hurst and his wife Alvia were awarded a home from the Military Warriors Support Foundation for free.

“It means the world to us. It's a place that we can actually call home,” said James Hurst.

Sergeant Hurst is originally from Oklahoma. He served in Iraq for nine months performing raids and convoys.

Hurst is among more than 600 veterans who have gotten homes for free through the Military Warriors Foundation. The group says it provides this opportunity just to show appreciation for what those men and women do in times of war.

“I got Dr. Pepper and Walmart together and they came up with is idea and a way raise a lot of money to help give our heroes homes,” said Retired Lt. Leroy Sisco, Military Warriors Support Foundation.

On average, the organization gives veterans homes valued at around $250,000.

Veterans are eligible to apply for the homes, Hurst said when he got the call he had gotten one he could not believe it.

“Actually one of my soldiers received a house a few years ago. And he had been telling me to do it and put in for it. And I finally did it and it's a life changing experience,” Hurst said.

While getting a home like this one from the foundation is a lengthy process, organizers say that process teaches a lot of life skills.

“We put them through a three-year mentoring program, teach them how to own a home. I don't want them to mortgage it and lose it, I don't want them to sell it and lose it,” Sisco said.

Hurst says moving to Florence and getting his family in a permanent location means a better quality of life.

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