It can be difficult to show our full appreciation for our nation’s veterans and the incredible sacrifices they make. But at Highland Homes, we are honored to have a chance to try.
Each November, we get an opportunity to thank our incredibly brave veterans for all they’ve done for this country. But for Veteran’s Day 2016, Highland Homes was able to turn our appreciation into action by helping one very special military family a brand new home of their own.
U.S. Army Spc. David DeTuccio is a Purple Heart recipient who bravely served in Iraq. During his time in Baghdad, his unit was involved in key raids and extractions. In February 2008, they were ambushed right outside of their compound. DeTuccio was struck by a rocket-propelled IED, which threw his body into a cinderblock wall. He was flown to Germany and eventually transferred to the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. He suffered significant injuries that required multiple surgeries and ongoing therapy, and he medically retired from the Army in August 2009. DeTuccio later worked as a police officer on Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, but he had to resign as a result of his health.
Spc. DeTuccio and his family are moving to Texas to enjoy the warmer weather and be closer to family. That created the perfect opportunity for Highland Homes, Operation Finally Home and Santa Rita Ranch to say “thank you” to DeTuccio with an incredible surprise: a brand new, mortgage-free home in the Austin area!
The DeTuccios were invited to the Nov. 12 UT Longhorns’ game, where Spc. DeTuccio was being honored as the honorary veteran of the game. And that’s when we got to make the big reveal! The family was genuinely shocked to learn that they were receiving a new Highland home, located in the peaceful community of Santa Rita Rach.
Construction on the DeTuccios’ home began in early February with a special groundbreaking ceremony. The family joined representatives from Highland Homes and Operation Finally Home to celebrate the start of construction. The DeTuccios will get to move into their beautiful new home this spring.
Everyone at Highland Homes is grateful to have the chance to honor Spc. DeTuccio and his family. A special thank you to Operation Finally Home and to Santa Rita Ranch for helping to make this possible. And thank you, today and always, to Spc. DeTuccio and all our veterans for your incredible bravery and sacrifice.