Wounded Army veteran, son get new home

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by Sherry Williams / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on March 1, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 1 at 8:00 PM

RICHLAND -- U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Chris Maust has a new home. It comes with four bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, no mortgage and free electricity.

The Texas Sentinels Foundation and Bank of America donated the house to SSgt. Maust.

"Unreal, it's still shocking," he said. "I'm kinda' trying to keep my hands from shaking."

The house wasn't purchased new, but it was completely refurbished and completely furnished. It's worth $180,000.

SSgt. Maust completed numerous tours of duty in Iraq. He has a chest full of medals and a body full of ailments -- all from roadside bombs.

"A couple of IED's…I’m sure that led to his some of his neck problems, his back, his knees," said Sgt. Paul Podhorn.

Maust also suffered a brain injury and has post traumatic stress disorder.

A couple of weeks ago, SSgt. Maust heard about his new home in Richmond. On Friday, he saw it for the first time.

The single dad and his son already have favorite rooms.

"The University of Texas office. I'm a Longhorns diehard fan and then he's got his Texans' room," Maust. "He's been a Texans' fan his whole life. Everything's been unreal."

A house for a hero who sacrificed to keep America the land of the free; and, now there is a home for one of the brave.

The Texas Sentinels Foundation also had another monumental gift for the wounded warrior.

"To kind of add icing to the cake, we awarded him a life scholarship," said Texas Sentinels Executive Officer Susie Barlow. "We are paying for him to go to real estate school, get his license and RE/MAX in Katy has offered him...(an) opportunity for a business and an office."

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