Former Navy Seabee Given a New Home in Rockport

The community in Rockport has stepped up to the plate to go to the aid of a veteran who was in need of a home.

On Tuesday, that veteran and his wife were given a new home. The community rallied around him and his wife, who were both overwhelmed by the show of support and the generosity of others.

John Kroll, a 50-year old former U.S. Navy Seabee, served his country for many years. He served in the first Gulf War, and then he was deployed to Iraq again in 2007, where he was severely injured in a helicopter crash. Since then, he has been living with post-traumatic stress disorder in a homeless shelter in Houston, called Camp Hope.

However, on Tuesday, Kroll drove in a five-mile procession, guided by the Patriot Guard Riders, to see his new home, with the Rockport community cheering him on all the way.

Brad and Sheryl King built the home in Rockport, and are giving it to Kroll and his wife, April. They contacted Operation FINALLY HOME and the Wounded Warriors Program, and both organizations made the day possible by putting them in touch with Kroll.

"We feel he earned this on the battlefield," said Daniel Vargas of Operation FINALLY HOME. "He served us, and did this for us, and to come home and be homeless is uncalled for. There should be no veteran coming home from war and being homeless."

"It was a great experience, and we were thrilled to do it, and in some ways I think we got more out of it than they did," Sheryl King said. "Just the affirmation of life and people and community, and that there are some great folks in the U.S. that want to do good, given the opportunity."

Kroll was greatly moved as he saw his new home for the first time.

"Wow. This is awesome," Kroll said. "I just never thought I'd see something like this, and I'm amazed. I'm just so thankful and appreciative for everything they've done, and I just don't have words."

The home is fully furnished, and the pantry is filled with food, and the community is full of love for the former Navy Seabee and his wife, all which helps turn the house into a home.


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