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Soldier awarded new home at Pooler Patriot event

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Specialist Justin Foley and his wife being presented with a photo of their new house. Specialist Justin Foley and his wife being presented with a photo of their new house.
POOLER, GA (WTOC) -

Specialist Justin Foley Justin Foley's wounds aren't easy to see.

In 2010, he was on patrol in eastern Afghanistan.

"I was in a vehicle as a gunner," Spec. Foley said. "We ran over an IED. It essentially almost flipped up the truck. I was ejected from the gunner's turrent, landed on the hood."

He had two weeks of light duty, and then went back to the mission. It wasn't until he came home that his problems really began.

"I never would've guessed that he would've come back anybody other than the Justin that I knew," said his wife, Sarah Foley.

Spec. sought treatment for post traumatic stress disorder. Now, he's getting ready for civilian life, moving to Florida to pursue engineering degree.

When he gets there, a new home will be waiting, mortgage-free, courtesy of the Military Warrior Support Foundation. The Foleys were presented with the key to their new home tonight at a free concert and firework show in Pooler's Rogers Street Park to celebrate the kickoff of Pooler Patriot weekend.

"It's amazing," Spec. Foley said. "It's a great opportunity."

"It's definitely a burden lifted off of us, for sure," his wife added.

Spec. Foley had this message for any soldiers out there living with the burden of PTSD: don't be afraid to face it.

"It makes you a bigger person to admit that something is wrong and to seek help than to bury it and hope it goes away, because it doesn't."

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