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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – With a crowd to greet them, the Fletcher family celebrated a new beginning in a beautiful new house – and it’s mortgage free.

It’s a much needed sense of security and comfort for this veteran.

As a member of the Air Force, Michael Fletcher was injured in a vehicle rollover in Iraq.

“I’m just one of those lucky guys. I’m lucky to be alive. I should have been gone. I’m here still and it’s been a struggle ever since,” he said.

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He is still recovering from his injuries while trying to be present for his wife and two young children. So the nonprofit “Building Homes For Heroes” couldn’t have come at a better time.

The group renovates existing homes or builds them from the ground up to specially meet the needs of combat wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

For Fletcher, who still experiences some pain, there’s a special seat in the shower.

“That’s going to come in handy. Oh my gosh,” he said.

But the best part, the excitement he sees in children as they explore their new home.

“The house is huge! I can’t wait to move in,” in of his children said.

All of this donated by a group of giving strangers who are thankful for this family’s sacrifice.

And Fletcher is truly grateful.

“Right now I feel like I’m blessed. I’m really blessed,” he said.

For more information on “Building Homes For Heroes” you can visit their website by following this link.

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