Honor Cottage, first-ever free housing for disabled military, familes built on Skiatook Lake
10:16 PM, Jul 2, 2013
10:28 PM, Jul 2, 2013
OSAGE COUNTY, Okla. - Workers put the finishing touches on what might be the most patriotic house in America Tuesday.
Crews moved in the last of the furniture into the Honor Cottage, Skiatook Lake-front property that -- when officially open -- will be the first house to ever give disabled military members and families of deceased military members a free stay.
It's construction was truly a charitable effort -- $325,000 worth of time, labor and material went into the The Folds of Honor project at no cost. CrossTimbers Marina owner Ron Howell even donated the land to make the build possible.
Howell says he recognizes the psychological challenges veterans face, and hopes Honor Cottage can provide them some small relief.
"The heroes are the ones staying here and the ones that contributed ... After three or four days on the water, they'll open up and start talking and start laughing again," he said only hours before the cottage's completion.
Folds of Honor executive director Thomas Tansil says the ultimate goal is to have two families stay in the home per week, or 104 each year.
"It's really hard to put into words how special this place is," Tansil said.