Michael Burke, a combat veteran, receives new house in Port St. Lucie

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Michael Burke served in Iraq for 2 years as an army infantry sergeant.

"It was definitely life changing, you appreciate your freedom a lot more when your over there," said Burke.

Burke is a purple heart recipient, wounded when a roadside bomb hit his Humvee. He suffered traumatic brain injury and copes with seizures and memory loss. Shrapnel damaged his left arm. He almost lost his life, and his dream of an Army career vanished.

"I wanted to do 20 years," said Burke.

Burke can't work because of his injuries. He's been struggling to stretch every dollar to pay rent in Fort Pierce. Until now.

Monday morning, the Military Warriors Support Foundation, FLorida Realtors, and Chase Bank presented Burke, his wife and two children  a new house in Port St .Lucie.

"My kids running through the house, they loved it, it was a good time, my wife loves it, we're still in shock," said Burke.

Burke's new home is larger than anything he could have ever imagined.

"I'm excited because we have new bunk beds and we have a new home," he said.

To qualify for the program, one must be a combat wounded veteran, and honorably retired from the military and not currently holding a mortgage. Staci Storms from the Realtors Association of St. Lucie says Burke was the perfect choice.

"He won the purple heart and was severely wounded so this is just our way of saying thank you for doing what you did for our country," said Storms.
 

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