It can be incredibly difficult for soldiers to transition back into civilian life after spending years deployed around the world, especially when those military careers are unexpectantly cut short.
“(Serving your country) is hard to walk away from, especially not on your terms,” said thirty-year-old retired Master Sgt. Zac Rhyner of the U.S. Air Force. “It’d be like a football player that gets pulled from the team earlier than expected, and they worked really hard to get there.”
Rhyner enlisted in the Air Force in 2004, and in the years that followed, he served six tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, received three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star Medal, and was wounded multiple times. However, in March 2013, Rhyner’s career suddenly ended when a bullet shattered his hip and severed a sciatic nerve.
It’s been four years since Rhyner was sent home, but the transition from soldier to husband, father, and civilian hasn’t been easy so a nonprofit organization called Helping a Hero decided to surprise him and his family with a brand new home designed specifically for their needs. Recently, the group surprised the family with their brand new home so they can focus on the future together.
“To see all of these patriots come out and support a wounded veteran it’s just incredible to have that kind of support,” Rhyner said. “It is like a dream come true to say that we came out of some really dark times. Now we have a beautiful home, a beautiful community to support us as we start this next chapter of our lives,” Jillian Rhyner said.
Watch the entire video below to see the awesome moment this veteran sees his new home for the first time.
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