by Chris Conte
ARRINGTON, Tenn. - A local veteran injured while serving overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan was given the keys to his new home Thursday, built entirely through donations and the kindness of his community.
"They call me a hero, I loved my job and loved what I did and unfortunately it got cut a little short," explained Staff Sgt. Luke Van Dorston.
The 34-year-old returned from deployment and was diagnosed with severe PTSD but he continued to serve his country, until a diagnosis of different kind brought everything to a halt.
"I was diagnosed with a brain tumor on October 19, 2011," he said.
On Thursday Luke, his wife Abby and their young son Brooks were given the keys to their new home in Arrignton at a dedication ceremony filled with friend, family and their new neighbors.
"You just feel the love, it literally just surrounded us," Abby Van Dorston said.
The Van Dorston's new specially modified home was built through the coordinating efforts of a group known as "Operation Finally Home," an organization that helps put veterans in new homes for free.
"God has a plan, it's hard to deal with sometimes but it always seems to work out for the best," Van Dorston said.
For more information on Operation Finally Home, visit operationfinallyhome.org.