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POTTSBORO -- A decorated Veteran from Pottsboro is now a new homeowner.

He and his family received the keys to the house this morning which came mortgage-free through the Homes with Honor veteran housing program.

"They keep saying, ‘You deserve it, you deserve it because of what you've been through.' But it's a house!" Corporal Seth Thomas said.

Thomas and his family graciously accepted keys to their new home in Pottsboro on Thursday during a ceremony surrounded by tearful family and friends, and the organizations that made it happen.

"Every day is a struggle and a blessing," Thomas's wife Lacey said.

At 28-years-old, Thomas has endured more than many do in a lifetime.

He spent eight years in the Army. During his many tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, his convoy vehicle was hit 17 times by roadside bombs or enemy missiles.

He received two purple hearts but now has permanent brain damage and walks with a limp from severe leg and back injuries.

Still, he says he would do it all again.

"I loved it," he said. "I mean I enjoyed every minute, every hour that I was there."

The house he received had been in foreclosure and was owned by Bank of America until about six months ago when the bank donated it to the Homes with Honor Veterans Program. The program is an affordable housing initiative developed by Bank of America, Brooke Community Development and the National Community Stabilization Trust, and is operated by Tarrant County Housing Partnership in the North Central Texas area.

The Homes with Honor program transforms vacant, distressed, single-family homes into fully rehabilitated, quality homes that are offered exclusively to U.S. military veterans.

"He's such an inspiration. You know, he did two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and really would've kept going if his body had just, given out," Donna VanNess, president of the Tarrant County Housing Partnership said.

Thomas says he applied for the program a few months ago but never expected to be selected as a recipient. "It's like the lottery," Lacey Thomas said.

The home underwent a $68,000 renovation during the past six months, and is now move-in ready.

"I can't thank them enough," Thomas said.

The family plans to be moved in by Christmas.