After suffering brain, back and knee injuries while serving in Iraq, retired Army Sgt. Allen Megginson returned home to the United States only to find himself overwhelmed as he attempted to transition back into civilian life. Eventually, post-traumatic stress disorder would reportedly result in him losing his job and nearly “everything” he and his wife had.
“We had a life with a home, the cars and everything and we lost it all. It’s been a hard road,” his wife, Amy, told WGHP-TV.
But the Megginsons now have a new home and a chance at a fresh start, thanks to Bank of America and the Military Warriors Support Foundation. The bank and non-profit group donated the renovated home to the couple, where they can live mortgage-free. They were even escorted to their new home for the first time by members of the Patriot Guard.
A Bank of America spokesman said it was great to give something back to a veteran who has already given so much for his country.
Extremely humble like nearly all military veterans, Megginson said he still feels like some of his “brothers and sisters in arms” deserve it more than him.
“I never feel like I deserve it, regardless of what I go through and the injuries I have,” he told WGHP-TV.
He continued: “I think it’s going to afford us the ability through the program to rebuild. Over the last few years we’ve lost pretty much everything we had and it always seemed like such an uphill fight to rebuild. To be given this opportunity is going to afford us the opportunity to really rebuild and help others.”
The couple, who have five children and several grandkids, is also thinking about starting their own non-profit group to help veterans in need.
As for their new house, they agree that it “already feels like home.”