Iraq war veteran receives mortgage-free home ahead of Memorial Day

Nasir Khan was injured while serving

EUSTIS, Fla. – Iraq war veteran Nasir Khan and his wife, Paulette, could not hold back their tears on Wednesday as they walked into their new home.

“We have no words. I’m speechless, just speechless,” Khan said.

Khan, an Army Specialist, joined the military out of Massachusetts in 2003. He was injured while serving in Iraq.

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He said the memories during his time in combat are still rough to talk about.

“It was an experience,” Khan said.

He and his wife live in South Florida. The two explained their living situation wasn’t the best which is why they looked for help through the organization “Building Homes for Heroes”

Khan was later selected to get a new mortgage-free home.

“Where we are coming from to this is life-changing. Life-changing -- that’s what’s going through my head right now. The opportunities this is going to open up for us, it only looks up from here,” Khan said.

The house is located in Eustis and was remodeled within three months with the goal to give something back to someone who gave it his all.

“Being able to give a mortgage-free home to veterans supports them and shows them that there’s hope,” Cody Brannon with Building Homes for Heroes said. “Don’t give up. Keep fighting because there is help out there.”

About the Author:

Ezzy Castro is a multimedia journalist on News 6's morning team who has a passion for telling the stories of the people in the Central Florida community. Ezzy worked at WFOR CBS4 in South Florida and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, where she covered Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Being from Miami, Ezzy loves Cuban coffee and croquetas!