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A Charlotte veteran has a brand-new home in Belmont as of Wednesday.
Half of it was built in Tampa during the Republican National Convention and half of it was built in Charlotte during the DNC.
Army veteran John Jones received a true hero's welcome on
Wednesday when he and his wife received the keys to the house.
"Thank you for your service to our country," said Mayor Anthony Foxx.
After serving in Iraq and Kuwait, Jones suffered respiratory injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Returning to the states, his family was homeless. Jones called Wednesday a blessing.
"We didn't have a place to call our own, moving from one place to
another," said Jones.
Veterans, sponsors and volunteers all showed up for the dedication in the Belmont neighborhood, including former
"Extreme Makeover" host Ty Pennington.
The gift moved Jones to tears.
The modular home construction also brought
Republicans and Democrats together during the election season. One half was worked on by delegates at the RNC and the other half by delegates at the DNC.
"Well, let's just say while certain parties can't agree, this is proof all parties can agree that veterans deserve a good home," said Pennington.
A home that on Friday, Jones and his wife will move into with their three young children.
"I'm looking forward most to building memories with my family and my kids. Special holidays, that's what I'm looking forward to," said Jones.