Volunteers work on mortgage-free home for retired Army staff sergeant

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Volunteers are working on a home to give to a retired Army staff sergeant and he will be able to move in mortgage-free.

Ben Dellinger is a combat-wounded veteran, father, fiancé, and now a homeowner.

On Tuesday a team of red shirt volunteers from Bank of America put the finishing touches on Dellinger's new house, which was donated by Military Warriors Support Foundation in partnership with Bank of America.

"A veteran needs to be combat injured from Iraq or Afghanistan. They also need to be about 30 or 60 days from retiring," said Tammy LeValley from the Military Warriors Support Foundation.

Dellinger met the requirements, filled out the application and last week moved in.

The donation means a mortgage-free house for Dellinger to raise his family.

"It's really humbling just because I know there are a lot of other veterans that deserve the same thing," said Dellinger.

Dellinger told Channel 9 that everything has happened very quickly, but he's looking forward to slowing things down and catching up on time he's missing.

"I haven't had that much time to spend with my son, he's 7. I deployed three times since he was born and I missed a lot of his life," said Dellinger.

Dellinger also found out on Tuesday that he will drop the green flag to start the Bank of America 500 on Oct. 13, at Charlotte Motor Speedway.