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Check here regularly to read the latest articles and view the up-to-date videos of our 2011 Building Systems for Soldiers project in Jacksonville, N.C. 

"Home Builders Donate Home to Local War Hero"
Source: WNCT TV, Greenville News 9

A local military veteran and his family received a brand new, mortgage-free home today in Jacksonville. It's all part of the Operation Finally Home program, which provides custom-made homes to wounded and disabled veterans and widows of the fallen to help them get their lives back on track.

Operation Finally Home and the National Association of Home Builders' Building Systems Councils (BCS) partnered with corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, developers and volunteers to help these families.


"Building with the Stars" and NAHB International Builders' Show
In addition to the more than 800 exhibits, the 2012 International Builders’ Show will feature Iraq war veteran and “Dancing with the Stars” sensation J.R. Martinez. Read more...


Groundbreaking Brings Staff Sgt. Gizzarelli and His Family One Step Closer to Home
Source: Greater Jacksonville Eyewitness News 9, Aug. 17, 2011
In an emotional groundbreaking ceremony, Staff Sgt. (ret.) Gizzarelli and his family — including his three adopted sons — broke ground on the piece of raw land that will soon boast a beautiful five-bedroom log home they can call their own.


The BSC, Operation Finally Home, and the Gizzarelli Family Break Ground for New Log Home
Source: Carolina News 14, Aug. 17, 2011
After years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps, including two tours of duty in Iraq, Staff Sgt. Gizzarelli's military career was cut short after an IED wounded him on the field. Though he regrets that he wasn't able put in his full 20 years of service, his years of dedication to his country and his family will not go unrewarded. A groundbreaking ceremony on Aug.17, 2011, brings him and his family closer to a post-service life in a custom-designed log home, made possible by the members of the Building Systems Councils, the staff of Operation Finally Home, and the generous contributions of businesses and individuals. Watch the video...


Wounded Marine Gets Free Home Through 'Operation Finally Home'
Source: Fox 8 Greensboro * High Point * Winston Salem (online), June 28, 2011
Fox 8 reports on the big announcement of the family who will receive Operation Finally Home and the Building Systems Councils' five-bedroom log home. The announcement was made on June 27, 2011 on The Big Show with John Boy and Billy.


Big Surprise for a Wounded Marine -- a Free Home
Source: News-Record (Greensboro N.C.), June 28, 2011

A Marine sergeant wounded in Iraq was presented with a free home Monday while visiting John Boy and Billy on their morning radio show.

Vincent Gizzarelli, who left the Marine Corps in 2009 on medical retirement with traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress and shrapnel wounds, was presented with a five-bedroom log home to be built in Jacksonville, N.C., through a charitable program, Operation Finally Home.


Operation Finally Home and the BSC Surprise the Family with the News
Source: The Big Show with John Boy and Billy - YouTube video, June 27, 2011

Sgt. Vincent Gizzarelli is led to the studios of The Big Show with John Boy and Billy under the guise that he will speak about his time with the Marine Corps and helping Operation Finally Home find a deserving family. What he doesn't know that he and his wife Jamie ARE the deserving family. The rest is enough to drive even a big ol' country boy to tears. View the video.


Building Systems Councils Surprise Wounded Marine with Gift of Custom Log Home
Source: Nation's Building News, June 27, 2011

When the opportunity arose to build a home for a Marine suffering from debilitating head injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder after two tours of duty in Iraq, members of the NAHB Building Systems Councils (BSC) did not hesitate.

The manufacturers, suppliers, builders and other industry professionals in the concrete, log, modular and panelized home building industries decided to pitch in to design and build a 3,000-square-foot custom log home for Sgt. Vincent Gizzarelli and his wife, Jamie, near Camp Lejeune, N.C. — the largest Marine Corps base on the East Coast.  Read more...


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