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Vet receives home from Operation Finally Home

Posted at 10:44 AM, Sep 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-30 11:44:29-04

For U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Ronny Sweger, his wife and triplet boys, Wednesday marked the beginning of a new chapter for their family. 

In June of 2014 they lost everything when their home burned. They then moved into a one bedroom home. 

Wednesday afternoon, though, they received the key to their new mortgage free home, thanks to Operation Finally Home.

As the triplet boys Briggs, Brett and Brooks ran inside and picked out their rooms, their parents took in the moment.

"It means a future," Ronny said. "It means a secured future. We've got the best schools here in Bixby, which they're excited to be at. And when your kids and your family are happy, you're happy."

Outside his home, with the street lined by American flags, a crowd gathered for a house warming party fit for an American hero.

Sweger served 10 deployments before retiring. He spent time in Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq.

His injuries include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a traumatic brain injury, loss of field vision and migraines. 

During his military career he received two Purple Hearts, multiple Bronze Stars and a Special Forces Tab, along with several other awards.

In front of the crowd gathered in his driveway, he accepted his new home on one condition.

"I want to accept this house, very, very humbly," he said. "And the only way I can accept it is on behalf of all those warriors who came before me and will come after me."

The founder and president of Operation Finally Home said the Sweger family's home is the non-profit's first completed mortgage-free home in the state of Oklahoma.

"It is just so wonderful to see the looks on their faces when they realize the change that has been made in their lives for their family," Dan Wallrath said.

With the holidays around the corner, the Sweger's are excited to finally have a place to call home once again.

"We are redoing tradition," Sweger said. "We are revamping traditions. We are all about family and this is where they're coming."

In addition to Operation Finally Home, New Gulf Resources, Castlerock Builders and several other businesses made the Sweger's home possible. Construction on the home began earlier in 2015.

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