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Community Builds Free Home For Purple Heart Recipient

Photo Cred: U.S. Army
December 02, 2013

Army Cpl. Christopher Bales served in Iraq for 15 months when his troops was ambushed while on sniper patrol.

He was shot in the lower back and thigh where he is partially paralyzed. His efforts earned him the Purple Heart.

Recently he received a great gift, an organization called PulteGroup and Operation Finally Home selected him to receive a new home, FREE!

The community rallied together, leaving notes on the house frame sharing their thanks.

What a great story!


Echoes of hammers and saws fill the crisp air as members of the community gather in front of a southwest home Tuesday morning.

A banner reading “Future Home of an American Hero: Army Cpl. Christopher Bales” hangs above the garage at a home in the 10000 block of Great Sioux Road.

Individuals weave between wooden studs and construction workers to write notes of gratitude for Bales, thanking him for his service and sacrifices. They cover the downstairs bathroom, hallways and living room.

“These notes of love are a way to show our appreciation, thanks and support for the selfless dedication (Bales) and others have made for our freedom,” said Scott Wright, division president of PulteGroup. “(He) has served our country with pride, and we hope this new home will help ease his struggles and provide his family many future happy memories.”

Bales, of California, was selected in 2012 by PulteGroup and Operation Finally Home, a nonprofit organization that helps provide homes to veterans, to receive a mortgage-free house.

According to PulteGroup spokeswoman Jacque Petroulakis, the two-story home is 2,500 square feet with a base price of about $254,000.

“It’s really a fantastic home that has cool details to customize it,” Petroulakis said. “It’s exciting for him to be able to have a fresh start and focus on his sons.”

Bales, 38, joined the Army in 2006. Shortly after completing basic training at Fort Campbell, Ky., he was deployed to Iraq for 15 months.

In 2010, he served a second tour in Afghanistan, where his platoon was transported to support other companies heavily involved in combat.

“It’s a rough life,” Bales said. “They’ll wear you out if you let them.”

In May 2010, Bales’ troop was ambushed while he was on sniper patrol. During an attempt to draw enemy fire away from his patrol, Bales was shot in the lower back and thigh, leaving his left leg partially paralyzed. His efforts earned him a Purple Heart.

“It was just something I felt like I needed to do,” Bales said. “That was pretty much it.”

PulteGroup customized the house to accommodate Bales. The master bedroom and laundry room are on the first floor, and there are no steps to enter the front, garage or back doors.

Joel Coombs of Sun State Components of Nevada had a personal connection with the project.

“My son served in Afghanistan for a year or two,” he said. “He was able to come home healthy, but it’s still a reminder.”

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal