Wounded veteran to get new home in Cypress area

July 17, 2012 4:23:01 PM PDT
A wounded war hero and his family will soon have a new place to call home, thanks to a dedicated organization.

Staff Sgt. Marty Gonzalez suffered many wound at the hands of insurgent weapons, but in the coming months, he and his family will call the Cypress area home.

The ceremonial shovels are ready to break ground and perhaps unearth a new chapter in a Texas Marine's life along with his family.

"This is awesome, I would have never expected a free house. It shows Americans, what we are all about," Gonzalez said.

Sgt. Gonzalez graduated from Woodlands High School. He was deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in 2004.

While trying to rescue a fellow Marine, an enemy grenade blew up in his face and he was shot twice in the arm by insurgent fire. His back was also broken. It's taken nine-plus surgeries to help him recover.

Sgt. Gonzalez also suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and played a primary role in helping Judge Mark Carter form the Veterans Court in Texas.

"I needed somebody to tell their story. Marty showed a lot of courage. He showed courage in combat and he showed courage that day," Carter said.

With Judge Carter, Sgt. Gonzalez began to tell his story to Texas legislators and it prompted them to author a bill forming the Veterans Court in Texas.

"I know how hard it is to go back to that place, to that place in your life, where you see some of the most horrific things that you could ever imagine as a young man," Carter said.

And thanks to helpingahero.org, his wife Tawnee and their three children will soon call a lot in Cypress Creek Lakes home.

"We all sacrifice and put others before ourselves. It's nice to get paid back sometimes," Sgt. Gonzalez said.

Sgt. Gonzalez received three Purple Hearts and for his injuries and two bronze stars for his amazing valor in combat.

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