A wounded Army veteran got the surprise of a lifetime in February 2015 when he and his family were selected to receive a brand new, mortgage-free home from Portico Homes, Southern Living Custom Builder Program,  and Operation FINALLY HOME, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing custom-built, mortgage-free homes for wounded, ill and injured veterans, as well as spouses of the fallen.  Last month, retired U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew Hutcheson, his wife Leslie, and their three daughters, ages 4, 5, and 7, finally got the keys to their new home, complete with Mohawk Flooring’s beautiful hardwood flooring with ArmorMax finish. Mohawk Flooring is a national flooring provider of Operation FINALLY HOME where, throughout the year, we donate carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient and ceramic flooring for new homes for wounded, ill and injured US veterans.

U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew Hutcheson enlisted in the Army on October 12, 1994, and attended basic training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina. Throughout his time in service, Hutcheson sustained many injuries. In December 1995, he was injured in a tractor-trailer accident that resulted in his first of three traumatic brain injuries. Hutcheson deployed twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from September to December 2001 as well as from October 2004 to July 2005. In 2005, he survived his convoy being hit by an improvised explosive device but sustained significant brain and back injuries. He recovered and was able to return to active duty.

One year later, while he was participating in an airborne operation, his parachute failed to open and he fell 70 feet to the ground below. Sgt. Hutcheson medically retired from the Army in 2007 and settled with his family in Ball Ground, GA where his wife Leslie, a retired U.S. Army medic, is his full-time caregiver.

“We’re honored to give back to the men and women who put their lives on the line for our country. Sgt. Hutcheson gave so much of his life to keep our country safe. We were thrilled to donate our flooring for his new home,” said Mollie Surratt, Mohawk’s senior director of PR, Content, and Social Media. “We were very touched to see how much this deserving family appreciated a home that they can grow and thrive in as a family.  Our participation is the least we can do to thank Sgt. Hutcheson for his sacrifice for our freedom,” Surratt said.

At the house dedication ceremony, members of the Ball Ground, Ga., community came out in droves to honor Sgt. Hutcheson and his family.  Click this link for a video tour of Sgt. Matthew Hutcheson’s home and scenes from their home dedication. Keep scrolling for photos of the beautiful flooring in the Hutcheson’s new home.

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