TOMBALL, TX – In Tomball it’s shovels in the ground as a new home begins its early stages of taking shape.
The home is not only a gift to 22-year Army Staff Sgt. Travis Palmer and his family; but also a surprise.
Palmer has been based across the U.S., Korea and Germany.
“And 2 tours in Iraq. 2 instances his vehicle was hit by an IED. He suffered injuries which have resulted in spinal surgery, surgery on both of his shoulders; he has problems with his knees,” says Ronnie Lyles with Operation Finally Home.
Suffering a 95% disability due to injuries, Palmer won’t be able to work.
“There is no way to describe the level of stress that will be just gone, completely relieved from my body of not having to burden this,” said Palmer.
Palmer’s wife, Toni said, “It means that we’re set in our stone. We’ll have more time to bond. He still has a lot of healing to do.”
With a big celebration in honor of Sgt. Palmer and his family, many came to support and thank the couple and their 4 kids.
And who are the generous benefactor? A group that addresses the housing needs of returning soldiers, Operation Finally Home, along with Pulte Homes, HEB and many local contractors.
“This is something that they have earned,” says Lyles. “They’ve earned on the battlefield and this is the least we can do to give back for their sacrifice.”