A wounded U.S. Marine Corps veteran will receive a mortgage-free home today, courtesy of The Texans Sentinels Foundation and Bank of America in Alvin.
Bandera native Nick Perales lost his right leg and fractured his left after an improvised explosive device incident in Afghanistan in February 2011. (Perales served two tours in Afghanistan and Iraq as a scout sniper, according to a Bank of America press release.)
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"During his career in the Marine Corps, he received numerous awards, including a Purple Heart," the release states. "Today, Corporal Perales hasn't let his physical challenges impact his positive attitude."
It's not only a big day for Perales, but for his six-year-old son as well.
Susie Barlow, executive officer of the Texas Sentinels Foundation, stated on the organization's website that Perlaes "deserves this home and so much more. He is a humble man, a devoted father, and a consummate Marine."
Congrats to Perales and his family -- we hope they enjoy their new digs.