Veteran moves into new Seminole County home
Updated On: Mar 20 2014 07:20:29 AM EDT
He saved lives and was wounded in war, but today Sgt. 1st Class Rashe Hall is out of the Army and in a new home he owns mortgage free.
The 1,700-square-foot house is thanks to Bank of America and the Military Warriors Support Foundation. The group customizes each home for the family moving into it.
The Casselberry house was specifically designed for Hall's family, including his 9-month-old daughter and their service dog.
"(I am) speechless, absolutely speechless," Hall said.
Hall saw his new home for the first time Wednesday.
"It allows him to get peace of mind in the transition he's making," said Bank of America President John Moskos.
Hall's transition to civilian life comes after the Army veteran suffered injuries during a 2006 enemy attack in Afghanistan.
"I had second- and third-degree burns on my left side of my face, and I had lost a hearing from a separate blast injury," said Hall.
During Hall's recovery, which included reconstruction of half his face, his therapy dog, Leo, has been by his side.
"He's been my right-hand man ever since, and I have a lot of burn injuries and he reminds me I've been in the sun too long," Hall said.
Hall and Leo volunteer with veteran's advocacy groups. As he considers a career in emergency management, he said the new home offers a little breathing space.
"It gives you a lot of time to use some of the resources and really make the best out of everything," said Hall. "So for our family, like I said, it's an unbelievable opportunity."