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Port Wentworth home dedicated to military widow

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PORT WENTWORTH, GA (WTOC) -

A South Georgia family can now call Port Wentworth home, thanks to some help from above and some volunteers on the ground. 

Military Warriors Support Foundation in partnership with Bank of America presented a house to Gold Star Wife, Reagan Gibbs. 

Even though her husband was killed in the War on Terror almost nine years ago, Specialist Matt Gibbs, is still very much with the family.

Reagan rode up to her new house with her fellow Patriot Guard riders.  She says she never dreamed she would own her own home.  "It's really exciting" Exclaimed Reagan.  "It's a big stress relief, and a great opportunity for my family."

Reagan lost her husband, Matt in 2005 when he was killed in Iraq, but it wasn't until a few months ago that she applied for a house through the foundation and until now, she still couldn't believe they chose her.

"I was in Walmart, when I got the call and literally laid in the floor and cried." 

But today she shed happy tears.  Her new house is mortgage free, something Reagan says she never dreamed possible as a single mom.

Bank of America has helped donate one thousand homes to either wounded warriors or their widows.  This is the first house donated in the Coastal Empire, and Port Wentworth Mayor, Glenn Jones hopes there will be more.

"As many as he wants to bring," Jones said referring to Patrick O'Neil from Bank of America. "I'll be here for everyone of them.  The more they can do for families who could not afford it otherwise, it's just a blessing."

Reagan and Matt's two daughters, Ariana 14, and Arissa, 12 explored every inch of their new home.  At one time, they all lived with Reagan's parents who considered Matt as their oldest son..

Ronnie Carter, Reagan's father, says some times are harder than others. "My wife asked me one time, 'Will it get any better?'  And I thought about it a second and said I hope it doesn't."  Carter continued, "Because if it gets any better, that means that we have forgotten something.  So I'd rather sit here and laugh a while and cry a while and everything in between, and hopefully not forget anything."

Reagan knows Matt will never really be forgotten.  "I kinda still feel like it's his way of looking after me and looking after his girls."

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