Retired Marine honored with mortgage-free home

 Saturday, Operation Finally Home presented Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Ray Coffey and his family with a brand new house.

Friends, family and members of the military welcomed the Coffey family at their new home in Georgetown. Coffey has given up more for his country than most people can imagine.

"He was injured in a convoy accident where he was leading a convoy and he was hit by an IED and grenades and AK-47 rounds," said Lt. Gen. Willie Williams of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Coffey was forced to retire from the military, but said he'd do it all again for his fellow Marines.

"When you spend night and day with people, for months on end, you can't help but want to take care of them," said Coffey.

Coffey survived two deployments to Iraq and several insurgent attacks that left him with a list of long-term injuries.

"It's just so hard to do anything else once you get hurt that you get stuck and there's nothing you can do," said Coffey.

There was something the people at Operation Finally Home could do.

"Staff Sgt. Coffey and Melanie, we know that we can't give you back all that you have given up for this country," said Williams.

Henley Homes Inc. and Operation Finally Home gave the Coffey's a brand new, custom-built, mortgage-free home.

"I just think it's an opportunity for us to say thank you to them. They deserve it because they've stepped up," said Gary Henley, co-owner of Henley Homes, Inc.

Saturday, the Coffey's took their first steps inside. Every detail of the house was planned out to make it more accessible for the staff sergeant.  
"We sit down with architects, planners and put a house plan together that's going to meet their specific needs," said Henley.

Melanie Coffey said owning a home again is a life-changing moment.

"This is our 19th move. We move into this home and it'll be our 19th move and it'll be nice to put down roots and stay somewhere, not just for my husband and me, but for the kids also," said Melanie.


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