Veteran injured while serving in Afghanistan awarded new home

Veteran Michael Goodrich and his family awarded new home thanks to the non-profit organization Operation Finally Home. (Tim Barber/ ABC7)

American flags - big and small - lined a quiet Stafford street Friday morning.

Then new neighbors road passed them with a motorcade of motorcycles.

The pomp and circumstance was for veteran Michael Goodrich and his family, who just got a brand new home for free.

"It's just beyond anything we ever could have imagined," said his wife Jacqueline Goodrich. "It's not just a home; it's peace of mind."

That is because Michael Goodrich suffered a brain and leg injury while he was serving in Afghanistan, which is just one of the reasons the non-profit Operation Finally Home awarded his family the new house.

"That is humbling to me, to see people get together and do something like this,” said Sgt. Goodrich.

The Goodrich’s will not just cherish their new house, they will cherish all the people who made it a home.

“That in and of itself is a treasure-- something that we will hold and we will keep for the rest of our lives,” said Sgt. Goodrich.

“It’s felt like we were free falling, but we landed and they provided a safe landing for us,” said Jacqueline.

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