A retired master sergeant and recipient of the Air Force's second highest award for valor received the keys to his dream home this week thanks to the Helping a Hero non-profit organization.
Retired Master Sgt. Zac Rhyner and his family received the home in Holly Oaks, North Carolina, on May 19. His story was featured on the Today Show.
Rhyner, who has earned the Air Force Cross, two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and the Air Force Combat Action Medal, has deployed six times to Iraq and Afghanistan.
On his sixth tour, this one to Afghanistan, he suffered a gunshot wound that shattered his right femur and severed his sciatic nerve, according to the Today Show. His wounds left him with just 5 percent use of his leg and hip.
"This house really symbolizes the next chapter and trying to move on," said his wife, Jillian Rhyner. "Injury is always going to be there, but it gives us a fresh start."