Wounded Army Veteran and Family One Step Closer to New Home

By Courtney Burris | cburris@krbc.tvg

Published 08/07 2014 05:19PM

Updated 08/08 2014 12:54PM

SSgt Mike Burns, a wounded army veteran, served three tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq after leaving his job as a mortgage banker after 9/11 because when he decided wanted to do something to help the country in a time of chaos. After almost a decade of service and several serious injuries later, he was medically retired from the army. Months ago, the family applied for a new home through the Texas Sentinels Foundation, and after a long process, today they were officially able to begin construction on their new home.

"We just feel extremely blessed. extremely blessed," explains Mike Burns.

The home that will be built for the Burns family is mortgage free, but the best part may be that Mike will get to interact with the family more than he used to.

"So not only is it going to be big enough for days when I am in my wheelchair or recovering from future surgeries, I can get around the whole house and be part of the family where before I felt like i was confined to certain areas. you know I couldn't get up into the dining room to engage with the family during dinners," says Mike Burns.

Quality family time is something Mike's wife, Robyn is looking forward to as well. "I can't tell you what it means to just have a home that my husband can just get up and go kiss his children goodnight. You know, that, to me, means more to me than anyone will ever be able to imagine," says Robyn.

Cornerstone Custom homes is building the home free of charge and they hope to have the Burns family in their new home by Christmas. There are many other companies that are donating supplies for the home as well, including Hall Air Conditioning, Morrison Supple, Menke Inc, Acme Brick to name a few. The lot for the home was also donated by the Musgrave family.

The Texas Sentinels Foundation is still in need of some funds to complete the project. If you would like to help, you can send a donation to The Texas Sentinels Foundation at

P.O. Box 941549
Houston, TX 77094

Organizers ask that you write "Abilene Project" on your check if you wish to help out specifically with the Burns' home.
You can also get in touch with Laura Yarbrough at Remax of Abilene if you wish to donate.

To learn more about the Burns family journey, click here.
To learn more about the Texas Sentinels Foundation, click here.

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