Special guest sponsors Habitat's first military home

By Beau Ebenezer

July 3, 2013 Updated Jul 3, 2013 at 11:24 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- The recipients of Habitat for Humanity's first military were surprised Tuesday night by a special guest who will be sponsoring their dream home.

Brian and Julie Wood of Peoria were chosen to be the recipients of Habitat for Humanity's first military home.

Brian Wood is a veteran who served in Afghanistan and is now a sergeant of the Army National Guard.

Tuesday night, at Five Points Patriotic Gospel Fest, they were surprised by Congressman Aaron Schock with the news that he will be sponsoring their Habitat home.

Rep. Schock will be looking to raise $40,000 of the $80,000 needed for materials.

"Our motto has always been we will never forget," said Rep. Schock. "This is a couple who made a sacrifice multiple times with multiple tours of duty. They served very honorably for our country and they are in need of a home."

"From the moment we started we thought this whole program was too good to be true," said Veteran Brian Wood. "We still think that. This is something that truly doesn't happen to everybody."

The home is expected to be completed in 2014.

To help the Wood family build their home you can make a donation at habitat.org.

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