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U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jonathan Dowdell and his family received the keys to their new custom-built, mortgage-free home during a special welcome home ceremony in League City, Texas, April 14, 2016. The home dedication marks Operation FINALLY HOME’s 100th dedication for a deserving veteran or surviving spouse.

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Wounded Marine Corps veteran receives keys to custom-built, mortgage-free home in League City during welcome home celebration

26 Apr 2016 | Alyssa Ramirez Defense Media Activity

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jonathan Dowdell and his family received the keys to their new custom-built, mortgage-free home during a special welcome home ceremony in League City, Texas, April 14, 2016. National nonprofit Operation FINALLY HOME and local builder Harbour Classic Builders supported the construction of the home. The home dedication marks Operation FINALLY HOME’s 100th dedication for a deserving veteran or surviving spouse. 

Operation FINALLY HOME is a 501(c)(3) organization that honors wounded, ill and injured veterans and widows of fallen soldiers with new custom-built, mortgage-free homes. 

“We were beyond honored to be approached to help build a brand new home for Cpl. Jonathan Dowdell and his wonderful family,” said Murphy Yates, President and Owner of Harbour Classic Builders. “We knew this would be a challenging project, but we couldn’t be happier with the results. Jonathan deserved a home that would fit his needs and serve as a safe haven for him and his family.” 

Cpl. Jonathan Dowdell joined the Marine Corps in 2004 and served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He received a Purple Heart award after he was injured by an improvised explosive device June 24, 2010, while on a deployment to Afghanistan. Following the explosion, Dowdell was left with severe injuries, including above-knee amputation of both legs, amputation of his left index finger, and right arm deformity as a result of a forearm contracture. He and his wife, Rebecca, have one daughter. 

“Cpl. Jonathan Dowdell is a exceptional example of the power of faith and determination, and we couldn’t be happier to celebrate our 100th home build in his honor,” said Rusty Carroll, executive director of Operation FINALLY HOME. “Thanks to the support of the League City community and generosity of Harbour Class Builders, we are able to give Jonathan and his family a beautiful home worthy of their sacrifices.” 

While construction on Cpl. Jonathan Dowdell’s home is complete, Operation FINALLY HOME is accepting donations to help fund future projects. The nonprofit currently has more than eighty ongoing home builds in 31 states. For more information about Operation FINALLY HOME and to make a donation, visit operationfinallyhome.org. 

About Operation FINALLY HOME 

Operation FINALLY HOME was established in 2005 as a nonpartisan/nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Operation FINALLY HOME provides custom-built, mortgage-free homes to America’s military heroes and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedom and values. Operation FINALLY HOME partners with corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, developers, individual contributors, and volunteers to help America’s military heroes and their families transition to the home front by addressing one of their most pressing needs—a home to call their own. To find out more, visit OperationFinallyHome.org. 


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