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Injured Ariz. veteran gets free, custom home

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MESA, Ariz. -

An Arizona veteran who was injured while fighting overseas got an amazing surprise: a brand new home.

US Army Specialist Phillip Martin and his family attended Dobson High School's football game Friday night. They had no idea what was in store for them.

Pulte Homes announced that they were donating a beautiful home in their Desert Oasis Community to Martin and his family.

They were overcome by Pulte's generosity. It's not every day you find out you're receiving a home for free.

"I'm just trying to live my life with my family and I can't believe it," said Martin. "I had no idea. I was alumni here so I figured it'd be nice to go to one of the football games. I don't even know how to feel right now. I'm in shock right now."

Martin graduated from Dobson High and then joined the Army in 2007 to serve in Afghanistan.

Martin was injured in IED explosions twice.

His new home will be custom-built, so builders are keeping his injuries in mind as they design the house.

"No stairs probably, whatsoever. I can barely walk up stairs as it is," said Martin.

Martin has seen a lot in his time.

In addition to serving in Afghanistan, he was also a first responder at the Fort Hood shootings.

"Most important thing is my psychotherapy...because the PTSD is one issue I deal with and I do believe aftercare is important," said Martin.

He says the new home is a blessing for his family.

"I think someone needs to pinch me right now," said Martin.

The house donation is part of the Operation Finally Home program put on by Pulte Homes.

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