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Veteran gets the keys to a new life

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NEWPORT, OR (KPTV) -

One veteran and his family have a new place to call home thanks to a special program.

Daniel Garrison kissed his baby's head and asked, "Are you happy about our new home?" as he got the keys to his new house on Tuesday.

The veteran recently came home from a tour of duty in Afghanistan to his wife and two kids with little money in his pockets.

Garrison said, "For the last couple of weeks, we've had to live on other people's couches."

Before that, he and his wife, Emily, had a bad string of luck.

Garrison's mom said that they were living in a small house that was so old that the bathroom floor had "fallen in."

When the couple got the keys and stepped inside from the first time, they knew their two kids would have a new life.

Since he was a teenager, Garrison dreamed about serving his country.

One day he came home from high school and told his mom that he had joined the National Guard.

The couple is thankful to have a safe home where their children can grow up.

Homes on the Homefront is a program created by the nonprofit organization Operation Homefront.

More than 30 veterans and their families across the country have already received mortgage-free homes.

The program is continuing to grow.

The homes are given to veterans based on time served, type of service, the degree of need and his or her connection to the community.

So far, Chase Bank has donated about 100 homes to the program.

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