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Sgt. Nathan Harris Moves Into Purple Heart Home

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GREENSBORO, N.C. - It's a Veterans Day Sergeant Nathan Harris will never forget.

"I don't know if I will ever be able to say thank you enough."

Surrounded by a coalition of supporters who made this day possible, Sergeant Harris was welcomed to his new home the way a hero should be.

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"This is truly a new beginning. He came home a little over four years ago... but he really is home now," said Nathan's mother, Cindy Gitter.

Nathan was wounded while serving in Afghanistan. He was shot during an attack in 2009. The bullet from a machine gun went in through his hip and thigh and exited through his knee. He has had 10 surgeries and has a titanium rod from his knee to his hip. 

He's survived this journey without a home of his own. In just the past couple of months, he's moved five times.

"This is the start for a whole new life for him. He's been a Nomad for years now," said Brian Sowers, President, Crescent Rotary Club.

Brian Sowers led the troops in renovating the house to fit Nathan's needs.

It took hundreds of volunteers and dozens of sponsors.

The kitchen was remodeled, the walls were painted, floors replaced and doorways widened.

"It's phenomenal what they've all done," said Gitter.

"This many people come and show their appreciation and just support by being here for Nathan and encouraging him because that's really what he needs," explained Dale Beatty, Co-Founder, Purple Heart Homes.

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Beatty and his "battle buddy" John Gallina started Purple Heart Homes in 2008.

"It's always inspiring to see the community come together, when it grows with each project like it has here in Greensboro, with the Crescent Rotary, it takes on a life of its own, and that's really inspiring," said Gallina. "That the mission is being heard, it's taking root, and communities are getting involved and doing great things." "This has really, really made me feel appreciated," explained Harris.

Nathan says he's ready to help the next veteran in line get a home of their own through Purple Heart Homes.

In addition to Purple Heart Homes and The Crescent Rotary Club, TIMCO Aviation Services, The Home Depot, Wet N' Wild, Disaster One, The Salvation Army of Greensboro and Invisible Fence were key sponsors.

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