New 2015 Homes For Heroes Recipient To Be Annouced

Lubbock Homes for Heroes in partnership with the West Texas Home Builders Association is proud to announce the 2015 recipient of a new mortgage free home at this Wednesday’s luncheon (February 11th). The luncheon to be held at Scottish Rite’s Learning Center (1101 70th St) at 11:45am is for members and guests only, but the media is welcome and encouraged to attend. The new heroes’ home (2104 101st St.) will soon celebrate a ground breaking thanks to a lot generously donated by Robert Wood and Trey Strong, the developers of Fox Ridge http://www.foxridgelubbock.com/, one of the featured communities in this year’s Parade of Homes. The hero home is being built and donated by local vendors, tradesmen and builders of the West Texas Home Builders Association with Stewart Townsen as the lead builder. It will be open to the public for touring as part of the 60th Anniversary Parade of Homes, June 6 – 21st. This year’s recipient, Marine Sergeant Christopher R. Montez was paralyzed from the neck down in a helicopter accident in 2004. He originally served from 1994 – 1998, reenlisting in 2001 after 9/11 and serving until his accident in 2004. Christopher has received multiple commendations for his service

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Louis Flores, 2012 Homes for Heroes Recipient

2012 home recipient, Louis Flores was born in Lubbock, Texas on September 5, 1983 and raised in Plainview. During his high school years two defining events occurred in his life; Louis was introduced to his future wife Olga and America was attacked on 9/11. Flores consistently had two goals that shaped his life choices. The first was to become a doctor and the second was to serve his country in the United States Army following in the footsteps of his father. Flores started at Texas Tech University only to find that higher education cost seemed to put his dream of becoming a physician out of reach. He quickly decided to follow his second passion to serve in the Army. On April 1, 2003 Flores began serving his country in the United States Army. After completion of his basic and advanced training, he married his Plainview sweetheart, Olga Mireles and they began their lives together. Shortly thereafter Olga gave birth to their son, Gabriel Rey Flores who is now seven years old. During Louis’ service in Alaska, Olga and Louis took custody of his second youngest sister-in-law who was having trouble back in Texas. They always had a heart for service. Flores

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2012 WTHBA Homes for Heroes Video

Watch the story of Army Specialist, Louis Flores. Flores was deployed to Northern Iraq where he served as a medic. Having been involved in multiple IED explosions, Louis always ran to the aid of a fellow soldier and innocent civilians. The trauma and explosions have resulted in a brain injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), leaving Flores struggling with his emotional health and mental stability. See the video here.

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2011 WTHBA Operation Finally Home Video

Watch the story of Marine Cpl. Anthony Villarreal who sustained injuries in Afghanistan when a roadside bomb exploded near the vehicle he was riding in on a mail and water delivery run in June 2008. The 2004 Coronado High School graduate lost part of his right arm and several fingers from his left hand, and he was severely burned in the blast. See the video here.

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Lubbock Homes for Heroes Dedicates 2012 home to Specialist Louis Flores and Family

A local organization providing homes for some disabled veterans will hold a dedication ceremony this week. Lubbock Homes for Heroes will dedicate a home in the Bacon Crest subdivision to go to Specialist Louis Flores, a local war hero, on Wednesday, February 1st at 11 a.m. The keynote speaker for the event will be retired Surgeon General of the U.S. Army Dr. Bernard Mittemeyer, who also serves as chief of urological surgery at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Specialist Flores served as a medic in northern Iraq and was involved in multiple IED explosions, in addition to helping those wounded in suicide bombing incidents. After his return, Flores, a Plainview native, was diagnosed with a moderate brain injury and had difficulty dealing with the trauma he encountered during his service while continuing his studies at Texas Tech. A flag flown over the U.S. Capitol on September 11th, 2011 will be presented to Flores, and State Representatives John Frullo, Jim Landtroop, and Charles Perry will present a resolution honoring the Flores family. The house has been built and donated by local builders and subcontractors of the West Texas Home Builders Association, in partnership with Texas Tech Athletics. The home will also

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Lubbock Homes for Heroes Dedicates 2013 home to Shawn Walton and Family

Born in Lubbock and raised by his grandparents, Shawn Walton finished high school early in order to enlist in the United States Army. Shawn was greatly influenced by his grandfather to join the military, but it was ultimately the bombing on 911 which led to his decision. He enlisted in January of 2004 and was on his way to making a career of the military. All his plans came to an abrupt change in August of 2007 when he stepped on improvised explosive device (IED) in Iraq. “The first squad went in to search the building and make sure there was no enemy in there. Captain Newman was in front of me. We stood up and he turned to walk and next thing I know I was laying on the ground,” he said. Shawn’s life changed forever at that moment. Since his injury, he has had to endure over 17 surgeries, hundreds of hours of physical therapy, the result of which has left Shawn with no feeling on outer left side of his body. He continues to regain limited mobility, but faces disabilities for the remainder of his life. Shawn’s not the only one injured from this incident. Shawn’s wife, Kristin,

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