VIDEO: Wounded Warrior Gets New Home In Palm Bay
By Space Coast Daily // October 11, 2014
Sgt. Chris Hamrick second recipient of program
ABOVE VIDEO: A wounded Army sergeant who lost both legs below the knee during a 2013 tour of duty in Afghanistan will be the recipient of Palm Bay’s first home in the city’s “Homes for Warriors” program, a project by the city’s Housing and Neighborhood Development Services (HANDS) in partnership with the Space Coast Paratroopers Association, a non-profit group that helps local veterans.
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY – Palm Bay’s Homes for Warriors program in partnership with the Space Coast Paratroopers Association, numerous local businesses and countless volunteers handed the keys of a new home to a local veteran wounded in combat during Operation Desert Storm.
Sgt. Chris Hamrick, U.S. Army, is the second recipient of a home through the city’s program which uses federal grant money to purchase foreclosed homes, refurbish them and donate them to qualifying veterans.The home is located on Comet Ave., SE.
Hamrick lost a leg during combat operations in 1991’s Gulf War. The Space Coast Paratroopers Association identified him as being eligible for the program and after meeting the qualifications, one of the city’s foreclosure purchases was remodeled in order to meet his needs.
“We could not do this without the help of so many volunteers and local businesses who donate so much time, talent and supplies,” said Bob Williams who manages the program for the city.
“This is only the beginning. We have many more ready to get started.”
Immediately following the final closing on the home, a motorcade of about 50 motorcycles representing various veterans groups escorted Hamrick and his family to the house as they were driven in a limousine donated by Brevard Executive Limousine.
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