Veteran feels blessed with new home

Habitat for Humanity builds home
Updated: Thursday, November 12, 2009, 10:13 AM EST
Published: Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 11:51 PM EST
By: Tiffanie Dismore

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A flag was raised this Veterans Day in a very special yard.

The yard will soon be called home to National Guardsmen Jeremy Cain and his family. This is the first house in Habitat for Humanity has built for a veteran in Lafayette and Jeremy Cain can’t believe this house will become his home.

“I’m still kind of speechless,” Cain said. “No words can describe it except a blessing. To have all these people here to support the build. I know there will be many more to come and I look forward to helpling them build.”

The wood frames are up and the home is expected to be finished by Christmas. There are some special people helping build Cain’s house: veterans.

“To learn about these guys. The guys that have been building for such a long time. It is such a great history with each one. How they live life. There’s a lot to learn,” Cain said.

With the construction on the house underway, Habitat executive director Doug Taylor says Veterans Day is the perfect time to honor Cain and all veterans. He says this project is something Habitat for Humanity has wanted to do for more than a year.

“Our staff thought well let’s just build a house in honor of a veterans in the greater Lafayette community so this is a result of that,” Taylor said.

Habitat for Humanity also presented Cain with his own toolbelt to use on his house. Cain says he plans to work on other Habitat homes for veterans in the future.

Cain has served in the National Guard since 2000 and is no longer in active duty.