Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Custom Home to Be Held on 7 Year Anniversary of Injury in Afghanistan
WHEN: Thursday, June 27, 2019 | 10 a.m., Arrive early and wear walking shoes as there may be a short walk along a gravel road to the home site.
WHERE: Hawks Rest | 3733 Hawks Rest Road, Wildwood, MO
Park along Hawk’s Rest Road, allowing passing room for other drivers. We will have golf carts available for transportation to the home.
We are thrilled to share that we are at the finish line for the Howes family home in Wildwood, an Operation FINALLY HOME project. A ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication will be held at the home in Wildwood on June 27th at 10 am, and the public is invited to come out to support the family. The family will receive the keys and see their completed home for the first time following the ceremony.
US Army Spc Heath Howes suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), a spinal burst, fractured ribs, a severe right ankle fracture, a collapsed lung, and other additional injuries following an IED explosion during a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Today, he suffers from the impact of these injuries along with PTSD. In recognition of his courageous military service, Howes had been honored with numerous awards, including a Purple Heart, an Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two stars, two Combat Action Badges, an Army Commendation Medal and NATO Medal.
The custom home we’ve designed and built for this family provides one floor living to accommodate the mobility issues that may arise from Spc Howes’ conditions. The location allows the family to be close to family and friends, a welcome change as they have previously been living near where they were stationed in Oklahoma, driving two and a half hours each way to the VA for care. Thanks to the support of Operation FINALLY HOME, the Howes family will enjoy their new home without the worry of having to pay for a mortgage.
The Howes’ were surprised with the news they were receiving a mortgage-free home in September of 2016 at a St. Louis Cardinals game (watch here).
We broke ground on this project in March of 2018:
The community gathered in November to write inspirational notes of love on the studs of the home before it was wrapped in drywall. This way, the family will feel the support of their community each time they enter their new home.
The project was made possible by our incredible partners who donated their time and materials along the way, including:
The IED explosion occured on June 27, 2012, and we will give the Howes family their new start on June 27, 2019. Please join us for this very special event.