Jim Kirby

Home builder Miller & Smith and developer Newland Communities recently joined nonprofit Operation FINALLY HOME to surprise a local wounded veteran with plans for a new, mortgage-free home.

U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Goodrich and his family will receive the home in Embrey Mill, a 831-acre master-planned community by Newland Communities located in North Stafford, Va. Goodrich, a wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, served his first tour in Iraq and later volunteered for his second tour in Afghanistan as a PsyOp team sergeant in 2011. Only 10 days after his son was born, Goodrich’s outpost was attacked and the Army sergeant sustained severe injuries to the right side of his jaw and body. He received a Purple Heart, an Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign star and the Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star for his service.

“It is an honor and a privilege to build a home and provide a foundation for Sgt. Goodrich and his family to move forward,” says Dale Hall, vice president of Miller & Smith. “With the guidance of Operation FINALLY HOME and the support of Newland Communities and several other builder partners in Embrey Mill and the community at large, we look forward to addressing the most pressing need of our returning heroes and their families – a home to call their own.”

The new home is expected to be ready in March 2017.

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