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Military Vet's Family Gets Free Home in Charlotte

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It's a moving day for Patricia Shines. This military wife and mom is getting more than just a housewarming. She's getting a big surprise.

As Shines was getting handed the keys to her Charlotte home by Bank of America and Nehemiah Community representatives, she was told "we are here for a very special reason and that reason is to announce to you today that you're not buying this home today. We are giving you this home today. You are receiving a mortgage free home today on behalf of Nehemiah and Bank of America."

It's a  long time coming for someone who's had she share of hardships.

Shines' husband, a World War II veteran, died last year of cancer.

Her son, who is also a vet, and his wife were killed in a drunk driving accident.
 
He was just 21 years old.

"You have to put your faith in God. I don't know how people who lose a child manage without God," said Shines.

Shines and her husband raised their two grandchildren in Idaho.

They were just babies at the time of the accident.

"That's my whole heart right there. She's been through a lot. You know it's crazy to see her still be so encouraged and giving," said Shines' granddaughter, Alysha Zephir.

Thanks to to the "Roofs for Troops" program, the house received $55,000 worth of renovations over six months.

"This is the most rewarding part of our job when you are able to give back and not just give back, but give back to someone who has given so much to our country," said David Benham who helped with the project.

"The funnest part is the surprise like it was today," said Nehemiah Community representative, Ron Mellon.
 
The Shines family can't wait to start their new life in Charlotte.

"Little by little I think things like this are confirming we made the right move," said Zephir.


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