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ARDMORE, OK-- It's the American dream to one day own your home, and for one local veteran that dream came true Wednesday afternoon.

Ten year veteran Michael Larkin got the keys to his brand new home early Wednesday afternoon in Ardmore.

The Madill native said it was an overwhelming feeling to now have a place to call their own.

"I was kind of skeptical at first, I was like there's no way, I'm not going to get a free house," said Larkin.

The home was awarded by the organization Operation Home front. Operation Home front offers assistance to U.S. military throughout the country, but it's the first time they awarded a home to a veteran family in Oklahoma.

"They're so many veterans, especially in the state of Oklahoma and to be the first ones in Oklahoma to be given a house is almost as overwhelming as getting the house," said Larkin.

Officials with the organization said the program started last February and already they've awarded more than 200 homes to veterans. They said the application process is simple.

"They can go on the website, they can put in an application, they can see a list of our currently available homes and they start the process from there," said Tabitha Garibaldi with Operation Home front.

Larkin said he will enjoy making memories in his new home.

"I don't cry at all, but I mean it does bring tears to your eyes I mean them handing you the keys and saying this is your house for you and your family," said Larkin.

For more information on how you can apply for a home, visit www.homesonthehomefront.net