Army Sergeant First Class Brian Livingston, his wife Erin and their four children were welcomed into their newly renovated, mortgage-free home in Buckeye, Arizona on February 28.
The home was gifted in partnership between Building Homes for Heroes and Chase Bank.
Surrounded by family, neighbors, and the contractors and vendors who worked on the home, the Livingstons walked into their new home with a mixture of joy and disbelief, their faces full of smiles and tears.
Army Sergeant First Class Mitchell Melott joined the military because he had a desire to serve his country. He enlisted out of Los Angeles, California in July of 1990 and was honorably discharged in April of 2012.
In 2008, an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded as Sergeant Melott dismounted his vehicle to check a previous blast location. During this time, his left leg was crushed by the door of his vehicle, he sustained two broken collarbones, severe facial lacerations and he was shot twice in his front
Army Specialist Reginald McGibbon joined the military in February of 2000 out of New Orleans because he said he wanted to provide a better life for his family while serving the country that he loves. He was honorably discharged in 2005.
Over his five years of deployment, Specialist McGibbon sustained many physical injuries. He had also witnessed many atrocities that caused psychological trauma, which has made for a very difficult transition to civilian life.
Army Sergeant Oscar Smith joined the military out of Mississippi in 1994 because he said he wanted to serve his country and provide for his family. He was honorably discharged in 2016.
Sergeant Smith served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Throughout his more than two decades of service, extensive time spent in combat zones and the loss of close friends has left him with severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depressive disorder and sleep disorder. He also suffers from a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Army Specialist Alexis Jacquez Gamez enlisted in the army in 2002 out of Yuma, Arizona out of a love for his country. He was born in Mexico but said the United States took him in as one of his own, and he joined the Army out of appreciation. He medically retired in 2011.
Sergeant First Class Brian Livingston joined the military because he wanted to do something great and memorable in his life, and serve on a team that he said would be bigger and more meaningful than any college he could have attended. He enlisted out of Grand Island, Nebraska and served from 2000 to 2014.