Building Homes for Heroes presented a beautifully remodeled home to the De Leon family Thursday, Oct. 15.
Carlos De Leon, who was wounded in Iraq by a mortar attack in 2007, was accompanied by his wife, Jellitza, and their two children as they were welcomed Oct. 15 into their newly modified home by supporting community members.
The family’s new home was previously a foreclosed house and was donated by Chase Bank to the Building Homes for Heroes organization. Building Homes for Heroes replaced the old vinyl flooring throughout the house with tile, fenced in the yard, placed granite counter-tops in the kitchen and a bubbling water feature in the patio.
Building Homes for Heroes is a national nonprofit organization that assists soldiers who were wounded while fighting to protect our country. The families are relieved of a mortgage when given a newly modified home. The De Leon family was the third to receive a home in Palm Coast this year. Within 2015, 38 homes will be constructed or enhanced for families throughout the country.
“It was so hard getting back on our feet in the beginning. Seeing the home today — I do not think there are words to describe it; I am speechless.”
— Jellitza De Leon
Staff Sgt. Carlos De Leon was diagnosed with traumatic brain disease and PTSD. He has a 90% disability rating. Receiving the new home has removed the family’s financial burden, and helps Carlos to lead a more independent civilian life.
“My mother and father deserve this more than anybody,” Carlos De Leon’s 17-year-old son said. “They both work so hard to provide for my sister and I. Receiving this home has alleviated much off their shoulders.”