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Wounded veteran gets house full of luxuries

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

It's not every day you get a free home full of furniture, a fully-stocked fridge, free insurance, electricity and maid service for a year.

It's understandable why Marine Staff Sergeant Marty Gonzalez is still reeling.

"My head is going a million miles a minute," Marty said.  "Look at this house!"

HelpingaHero.org organized this and worked with Perry Homes and MISCHER Investments to make it happen.  Astros legend Craig Biggio handed over the keys.

Marty was severely wounded in the Battle of Fallujah.  He earned three Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars.  He suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, a traumatic brain injury, and is in constant pain from a broken back.

His wife said this house is not just a house for them and the three children.  It's an important step in his recovery.

"It's an everyday battle but with this home, he finally has a base," Tawnee Gonzalez said.  "He has a place that's his and it's not going to go anywhere.  Our family is safe in it. It's a huge form of relief for him."

Tawnee said it's not going to fix everything.  Marty and his family will have to fight his demons daily, perhaps forever.

Marty has found a new mission.  Instead of taking lives, he's saving them.  The two of them are counseling vets and their families.  He wants to stem the rising tide of veteran suicides.

"Hopefully we can stop it and if we can't at least if we can save one person or two people.  We want to do our part," he said.

He knows the desperation and despair.  He's been there, but he also knows days like today, really great days, can be ahead.

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