PARKER, Colo. — It’s the most expensive investment many will ever make.
But one Parker family got the keys to a brand-new, mortgage-free home Saturday.
It’s the 166th house built in 39 states by the non-profit Homes for Our Troops — twelve of these homes are in Colorado.
The Martinez family moves in Sunday.
A fire truck dropped off the family at their new, 2,700 square feet home in Parker as dozens cheer them on.
But Gabe Martinez paid a high price to live there, and it’s a welcome to the neighborhood like no other.
Gabe paid for the house in his blood.
“On Thanksgiving Day 2010, on my second deployment to Afghanistan, I stepped on a 20-pound improvised explosive device,” said the former Marine Sergent.
Homes For Our Troops wanted to make it right with a gift of a new home.