Program provides central Ohio veteran with new, fully furnished home

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PATASKALA, Ohio -- Tuesday, dozens of people lined a neighborhood street in Pataskala to welcome an American hero home.

The Ohio Patriot Guard escorted U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient Daus Hempker, along with his fiancee Jessie Alianiello.

"It's just the biggest blessing ever," Alianiello said.

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The PulteGroup's Built to Honor program goes around the country gifting wounded veterans with brand-new homes.

Tuesday, Hempker received the keys to his new home.

"Just thank you... thank you!," he said. "Couldn’t have been a better time and couldn’t have been — I mean, it’s going to be so helpful for us in the future."

Not only is the home mortgage-free, but Hempker was surprised to find out the home was also fully furnished.

"I didn’t know they were going to furnish the whole house too. So, that’s even more overwhelming," he said.

Hempker served in Iraq from 2007 - 2009. Shortly after his return, Hempker was deployed to Afghanistan, where he was wounded by a pressure-plate improvised explosive device (IED).​ He endured over seven years of debilitating pain, countless tests and open-abdominal surgeries.

"The past couple of years have been very hard with his health and seeing him in pain daily," said Alianiello. "Just almost not knowing if things are going to ever get better at one point. And here we are!"

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