Coast Guard hero and family receive mortgage-free home in Garfield Heights

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A day fit for a true American hero.  Emotional moments were had in Garfield Heights, as a Coast Guard veteran and his family received a home here in Northeast Ohio to call their very own.

Coast Guard veteran Steven Thompson and his family just received the keys to their new mortgage-free home in Garfield Heights through the "Roofs for Troops" program.

"I think this house is beautiful and I'm excited for my kids to be here and I think they are really going to love it," said Steven's wife, Athena Thompson.

For 17 years Thompson has served all over the U.S., often spending months at sea protecting U.S.  borders.

Thompson said now that he's stationed in Cleveland for the next 4 years, he can call Garfield Heights home.

"It's time to settle, I've been in for 17 years, this will be my last tour and then I will be able to retire here. It's going to be a whole new experience for us,” said Steven Thompson.

The mortgage-free home was donated by the Nehemiah community reinvestment fund in partnership with Bank of America. Through the "Roofs for Troops"  program 75 mortgage-free homes have been donated to families in Ohio.

"I think at Nehemiah, he was by far the best candidate and in addition to that we are so pleased because sometimes the coast guard is forgotten. And the truth is, we talk about our heroes overseas, but they couldn't be over there if these guys were not protecting our borders,” said Donny Jones, with the Nehemiah reinvestment fund.

Now that the Thompson family has received their new home they plan on moving in this summer when their kids finish school in California.