Deserving Iraq War veteran receives house - New York News

Deserving Iraq War veteran receives house

Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX -

There's no one who's more deserving of a safe place to call home. Today a war veteran and Purple Heart recipient was given a house in Phoenix.

The marine you're about to meet served two tours in Iraq and survived an IED explosion.

Bank of America spent $43,000 fixing up the home they presented Friday.

As his new fiance Susan unlocks the door, veteran Adam Picas can already imagine what will take place between these walls.

"A whole lot of happiness, just growing a family and making things better than they could ever be," says Adam.

Things haven't been easy. Adam's first tour of Iraq was in 2002 during the initial invasion, followed by a second, more intense tour.

"The second time was more like Blackhawk Down, a lot of street fighting, that's where I received my Purple Heart was the second tour. I was actually blown up by an IED blast in the firefight, I was lucky enough that my body armor took majority of the shrapnel."

You can't see his wounds, but the 30-year-old suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. Bank of America and the Military Warriors Support Foundation found a quiet rural neighborhood in north Phoenix for the marine corporal to begin the rest of his life.

"The house is huge and it's nice there's no neighbors outside your bedroom window, no one living above you."

Adam immediately knew what he wanted to fill a space above the mantle with. He got a flag earlier this week that was flown at the Twin Towers.

"It looks great it's perfect."

Adam plans to fly the Marine Corps flag in his new front yard.

Adam chose to come to Arizona because his best friend from combat lives here. He's also interested in getting a degree at ASU.

Didn't find what
you were looking for?

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • New York's microbrew industry growing

    New York's microbrew industry growing

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:25 PM EDT2014-07-29 00:25:22 GMT
    Local and small beer brewing companies have something to toast. The Brewers Association says microbrew sales grew in the first half of this year; up 18 percent over the same period last year. This comes at a time when overall domestic beer consumption is flat.Ethan Long, one of the owners of the Rockaway Brewing Company in Long Island City, started brewing beer two years ago.
    Local and small beer brewing companies have something to toast. The Brewers Association says microbrew sales grew in the first half of this year; up 18 percent over the same period last year. This comes at a time when overall domestic beer consumption is flat.Ethan Long, one of the owners of the Rockaway Brewing Company in Long Island City, started brewing beer two years ago.
  • 2 U.S. marshals, 1 NYPD detective wounded; fugitive killed in Manhattan

    2 U.S. marshals, 1 NYPD detective wounded; fugitive killed in Manhattan

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:58:41 GMT

    Two deputy U.S. marshals and an NYPD detective were seriously wounded in a shootout with a fugitive sexual assault suspect in the West Village in Manhattan, officials said. The shootout happened in smoke shop called Smoking Culture on West 4th Street near Jones Street.


    Two deputy U.S. marshals and an NYPD detective were seriously wounded in a shootout with a fugitive sexual assault suspect in the West Village in Manhattan, officials said. The shootout happened in smoke shop called Smoking Culture on West 4th Street near Jones Street.


  • Mayor de Blasio, Bratton seek to improve police-community relations

    Mayor de Blasio, Bratton seek to improve police-community relations

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:47:07 GMT
    Back from vacation, Mayor Bill de Blasio is addressing the allegations of police choke holds. Standing next to his police commissioner and standing by him, de Blasio declared police community relations will improve by Bill Bratton's call for retraining of officers. The mayor did say that police choke holds are not acceptable.
    Back from vacation, Mayor Bill de Blasio is addressing the allegations of police choke holds. Standing next to his police commissioner and standing by him, de Blasio declared police community relations will improve by Bill Bratton's call for retraining of officers. The mayor did say that police choke holds are not acceptable.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices