Injured vet gets new home, thanks to charity

September 1, 2009 6:54:41 PM PDT
An injured war hero is back home in Houston and he now has a new home thanks to a local charity, Helping A Hero. Ordinarily moving day doesn't come with a motorcade nor crowds, nor with welcome home photos with the secretary of defense. However, this is an extra ordinary home, for an extraordinary man who's made extraordinary sacrifices.

"It means the world to me. I am back home," said Marine Captain Dan Moran.

Capt. Moran, a Houston native, enlisted in the Marines after graduating from Texas A&M. On his second tour of duty in Iraq, his platoon was ambushed. Three of his men died and Moran was burned over 50 percent of his body and inside his lungs.

"I want to thank you Captain Moran and your wife and your family," said former Houston Astros player Craig Biggio.

On Monday, Capt. Moran got the keys to his new home.

"It represents a new start and a bright future for Dan and his family," said Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

It's the third meeting for Capt. Moran and Secretary Gates. In 2007, the secretary awarded Capt. Moran his Navy Commendation Medal at halftime of an A&M football game.

"That time, there were 90,000 wildly cheering fans of Dan Moran. And it was one of the most moving experiences of my life," said Secretary Gates.

The house is specially outfitted so Capt. Moran can continue his recovery there. This is one of 15 homes HelpingAHero.org is donating to deserving veterans.

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