Operation Finally Home, the Homebuilders Association of San Angelo and AB Builders helped honor U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Chris Campbell, his wife, Stephanie, and two boys, Wyatt and Logan, by granting the family a custom-built, mortgage-free home for his honor and sacrifice. The family’s new home was dedicated Wednesday morning.
Many gathered including members of the San Angelo Police Department, San Angelo Fire Department, Goodfellow Air Force Base service members, Mayor Dwain Morrison, friends, family and guests to honor and welcome the family into their home. Wednesday was the first time the Campbell’s saw their newly completed and decorated home.
Chris Campbell served more than 12 years in Air Force and was medically discharged Feb. 26, 2012, after being injured in rocket attack in Iraq in June 2011. He sustained many injuries including a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and is considered 100-percent disabled.
Campbell is a Purple Heart recipient and has been awarded many other medals and awards.
Operation Finally Home started in 2005, in Texas, Ronnie Lyles from the program said. The group’s mission is to provide custom-built, mortgage-free homes to wounded, ill and injured veterans, as well as the widows of the fallen who are honored for their courage and sacrifice. Their motto is, “Honoring heroes with homes.”
Col. Michael Downs, commander at Goodfellow Air Force Base, welcomed the family home and said he greatly appreciated Campbell’s great sacrifice, service and courage.
Downs commended Goodfellow, the San Angelo community and said, “At the end of the day we don’t join to be serve, but join to serve and to be served in this way is very powerful.”
The Campbell home marks the 108th dedication of homes given in the 10 years Operation Finally Home has been around; another 80-plus homes are under construction in 33 states with 11 employees. The Campbell home was completed through partnering up a builder, Lyles said. The builders for the Campbell home who stepped up were Adrian and Lorie Balderas from AB Builders and the Homebuilders Association.
Adrian Balderas explained that about a year and a half ago he expressed interest in being part of the project and reached out to Operation Finally Home. He and his family began fundraising for this project that broke ground February 2015, and started the building process December 2015.
Balderas said, “This is a blessing to me personally; to me and my family this experience will live with us forever.”
A long list of donations for labor, financial assistance and materials are credited to donors who helped with closing costs, land, plans, dirt grading, builder’s risk, utilities, permits inspections, limestone pad, pest control, foundation, building materials, framing, roofing, brick and rock exterior, electric, plumbing, air conditioning, insulation, drywall, trim, paint, garage, counter tops tile, hardware, fence, appliances, security, trash, house cleaners, drive and sidewalk, mirrors, showers, fireplace, landscaping, furnishings, project builders and a plethora of financial contributions.