OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) After more than two decades of serving in the U.S. Army, retired Master Sergeant Ed Hawk and his family are thanked for his service with a new mortgage-free house in Owensboro.
It has three bedrooms, and two bathrooms and now belongs to one special family.
“It’s amazing. Just the thought of moving our stuff in here and settling is life altering, it’s changing. It’s more square feet than we can imagine right now,” says Amy Hawk, Ed’s wife.
“When you are able to come home, and you’re able to provide something like this because of that service you did, it’s one of the most rewarding feelings that you could possibly have,” adds Josh Miles, Director of Programming for Freedom Alliance.
U.S. Bank and Freedom Alliance, a non-profit group that helps veterans, awarded the house to the Hawk family. Ed said it’s been an overwhelming experience since he learned his family was chosen.
“I love it,” said their children, Grayson and Aurora. “Amazing.”
They were one of four families nationwide to get new homes. Volunteers from U.S. Bank helped renovate the house. Ed says they were interested in moving to Kentucky since he was posted at Fort Campbell.
“We’ve always talked about retiring in a small city in Kentucky. We really like Kentucky. Lo and behold, here we are with this opportunity,” he said.
Hawk spent 21 years in the U.S. Army, serving in Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and other conflicts. He also received the Purple Heart. While his kids prepare their new rooms, Hawk says it will help him keep serving others in his current career.
“I was able to provide real cheap heating and air conditions repairs to the elderly and veterans and those that weren’t able to get things fixed. This will allow us to do this on a larger scale,” he says.
(This story was originally published on November 11, 2019)