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A wounded veteran who served in the Marines and his family received a new home in Claremore

Posted at 12:25 PM, May 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-08 14:37:43-04

CLAREMORE, Okla. — On Wednesday morning, a wounded veteran, his wife and six children received the keys to their new, mortgage-free home in Claremore from Operation Finally Home.

The nonprofit organization, which helps build homes for wounded veterans and their families, teamed up with Oklahoma Royal Homes to make this happen.

They started building the 27,000 square foot house last year for William Lenard and his family.

"I don't know how much more I can express just complete gratitude from my family from us, my kids," said Lenard.

Lenard suffers from PTSD and has gunshot wounds, among other injuries, from his time in the Marines. He starting the military in 2002 and went on three tours overseas, including Iraq, and has three purple hearts.

A representative from Operation Finally Homes said Lenard is deserving of the home, especially when three of his children are graduating high school soon. This will help alleviate any financial stress.

Lenard is a firefighter with the Broken Arrow Fire Department and has been involved with the community for several years. He and his wife started the Claremore Market, a farmers market that provides locally grown and organic produce.

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