Almost one year ago, the lot on 5809 Barrington Court was empty. The dirt was soft in preparation for a groundbreaking ceremony for a wounded veteran and his family who had decided to call San Angelo home. A veterans organization, Operation Finally Home, along with the Homebuilders Association of San Angelo, builder AB Construction and others, gave U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Chris Campbell and his family, wife Stephanie and sons Logan and Wyatt, the opportunity to move into a new home anywhere in the country. The Campbell family chose San Angelo.
Today, the frame of the home stands where the empty lot was previously. A “Notes of Love” event is being held until 2 p.m. today that welcomes San Angelo residents to write notes of inspiration on studs of the Campbell’s home. The messages will be sealed in the drywall after the family has the opportunity to read the notes.
Campbell, a native of West Virginia, began his service in 1994. After several tours and assignments, including a tour at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Campbell was deployed to Iraq, where he was injured by a rocket blast. Campbell received multiple injuries, including a traumatic brain injury and PTSD. He medically retired in 2012.
When the opportunity with Operation Finally Home came about, there was no question, the Campbell family wanted to make their home in San Angelo. And the organization, the HBSA, AB Construction and others are making it happen.
“Chris and his family want to be in San Angelo.” said OFH project manager Ronnie Lyles. “He was stationed at Goodfellow. They’re from West Virginia. So their goal was to get back to San Angelo one way or another and would have come whether they received a house or not.”
“They loved the people, they loved the climate and they loved the schools. And so they are very excited to be back here in San Angelo.”
Currently, the family is in an apartment in San Angelo after their move from West Virginia awaiting the completion of the new home, which could be as soon as late spring, early summer, according to Adrian Balderas, AB Construction.
“It’s all donated work.” Balderas said. “So we’re kind of at the mercy of that. We’re going to try to get it to them as soon as we can.”
Lyles said that 100 percent of the work and funds are donated such as the builders, suppliers, vendors, sub-contractors and volunteers. When the work is done, the Campbells will be home in San Angelo, Lyles said.
“I had dinner with the family last night. They are just on cloud nine.”