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2013-02-28 / Front Page

Disabled Veteran To Receive Donated Home


Corporal Sean Friedrich and his wife, Anna, are seen at the front of the home that will become their new permanent residence, surrounded by their parents, community volunteers, and the Mayor of Giddings, in advance of Saturday’s ceremony presented by HonorVet.org and CelebrateFreedomFoundation.org. Corporal Sean Friedrich and his wife, Anna, are seen at the front of the home that will become their new permanent residence, surrounded by their parents, community volunteers, and the Mayor of Giddings, in advance of Saturday’s ceremony presented by HonorVet.org and CelebrateFreedomFoundation.org. Corporal Sean Friedrich and his wife, Anna, will be the recipients of a “new” home this Saturday in Giddings. A special ceremony unveiling the home for the couple will include representatives from www.HonorVet.org and www.CelebrateFreedomFoundation.org.

The home is new to the couple, not only because they will be living in it for the first time, but also because it has undergone a complete renovation over the past three months, making it handicap accessible for Sean, who was wounded while serving in Afghanistan and is 70% disabled.

The home is located at 486 E. Galveston and the public is invited to attend the special event, which starts at 11 a.m.

The home was donated to the CelebrateFreedomFoundation.org by homeowner Betty Walker. CFF in turn worked through HonorVet.org to find a veteran that needed a home.

When they learned about the project, Brian Fischer and Tim Langham, the owners of Fischer Langham Custom Homes in Giddings, were willing to own the project from the beginning, acting as the project managers for the home renovation. They knew this was something they wanted to do and they went about contacting every supplier, customer or community organization to get them involved. Brian and Tim grew up in Giddings and felt this was another way to give back to their community.

In addition to Fischer and Langham, the City of Giddings, the Giddings Area Chamber of Commerce, dozens of volunteers, including David Lewis of Lexington, donated time, money, equipment, products and effort. Several companies and suppliers donated the materials needed to complete the renovation project, including Orsag’s Furniture and Appliance, Goodson Voight Lumber, and more.

Denice Harlan, Executive Director of the Giddings Area Chamber of Commerce, said, “Our community has been very blessed to have this project and we have seen amazing results through these many companies and individuals that have contributed to this effort. I want to remind everyone that donations are still being accepted to help offset some of the costs.”

Jesse Canella, President of HonorVet.org said, “This is the first project of its kind organized by CFF and HonorVet.org. We found the City of Giddings and the Giddings Chamber of Commerce to be willing participants in this experiment that will be the template for similar projects we intend to repeat in many communities in this country and around the world.”

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