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Wounded soldier presented with key to new home

By Jaccii Farris, Reporter, JFarris@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 07 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 08 2013 05:33:21 PM CDT

A local company is saying thank you to our country's military by giving a disabled Pennsylvania serviceman a home.

A local company is saying thank you to our country's military by giving a disabled Pennsylvania serviceman a home.

It's the moment Army Specialist Tyler Scheill has been waiting for since he got home from serving in Afghanistan..

"There is not enough words to say to express the thanks," said Scheill.

Scheill's vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in 2009. Thirty percent of his body was burned. He also broke his back and suffered a brain injury.

After years of therapy, he's able to walk again. Soon, he will be walking into his own home in western Pennsylvania, thanks to the combined efforts of the Military Warriors Support Foundation, The Boot Campaign and Fairway Independent Mortgage in Bethlehem.

The Military Warriors Support Foundation averages 300 home giveaways a year.

"We have a pool of homes that are absolutely 100 percent mortgage," said Johnny Yenason, Military Warriors Support Foundation.

"The money that we raise then helps to fund his financial mentoring program," said Medhan McDermott, with The Boot Campaign.

New York Times best-selling author and retired Army Capt. Sean Parnell was the guest speaker at the mortgage giveaway. Ironically, he was in Afghanistan when Scheill was injured and notified his parents.

"I found out last night that it was him that was receiving the home, so it was by coincidence that I was here as well. A pretty awesome reunion," said Parnell, author of "Outlaw Platoon."

Micheal Mann with Fairway said his father was also a disabled veteran, so he knew he had to get involved in the partnership to find homes for heroes.

"We are dedicated to giving a home away at least one home a year," said Mann.

Anyone who would like to contribute to a home for a service man or woman can call 484-224-2985.