BRUCE E. Burgess grew up in Dunbar with the dream of becoming a soldier, and for 10 years he served the nation, removing improvised explosive devices and the like.
He paid a price for that service, coming home to Martinsburg from the Army with visual impairments.
Thanks to a wonderful group, Burgess, who has been an advocate for other vets, will not have to worry about paying a mortgage. The Military Warriors Support Foundation made him the first wounded warrior in the state to receive a mortgage-free home.
Since 2010, the organization has provided mortgage-free homes to 350 wounded combat veterans. It plans to provide another 300 this year, and intends to give 500 homes to survivors of those who died in combat.
The homes are valued at $150,000 to $250,000, and are fitted to meet veterans' needs.
What makes these homes special is that they come from the hearts of the American people. It's their way of showing respect for veterans and their families.
Contributions may be mailed to:
Military Warriors Support Foundation
2511 N. Loop 1604, Suite 201
San Antonio, TX 78258
Those who wish to submit the name of a wounded vet may visit the foundation's website at http://militarywarriors.org.