Injured army Sergeant receives free furnished home

Posted at 4:52 PM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-08 17:07:06-04

A hero is finally getting to go home.

And this home is brand new in a Ruskin community and free of charge. 

Sgt. John Jaramillo knew he was getting this house, but had no idea it would be decorated and furnished all for free.

This is the 40th home donated through Build to Honor program, for injured active military personnel. 

Sgt Jaramillo served in the army and was deployed in Afghanistan in 2011 when he was hit by an IED.

He retired in 2013, with several honors, including a Purple Heart.

His family, including his wife and two kids, have all been living with relatives in Miami. Now they have a place all their own to call home. 

“We have a place to call home and just to start a new chapter in our lives, it’s a true blessing we are grateful,” Jaramillo said. 

“This is validation that everything we go through as a family, not just them soldiers, but us, stayed back here, birthdays being missed, first day of schools, it’s just wonderful,” Jaramillo’s wife, Dania Padilla, said. 

They were even surprised with a nursery for the baby they’re expecting in December. This is the second home donated though Build to Honor in the Tampa Bay Area.

The donated home value is about $300,000.