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Community helps vet start new life in Giddings

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People are coming together to help a vet and his wife make a life in Giddings.

It began in Giddings with a donated house. An east coast non-profit group called HonorVet contacted community leaders in Giddings to prep the house for the vet and his wife.

Meet Sean and Anna Friedrich, soon to be residents of Giddings, Texas. To say they have been extended a warm welcome from the city would be a gross understatement.

This will be there home, free of charge, courtesy in small part and large, to a thankful community.

"This project has just taken off and become more than just a couple moving into our community. The great thing is our citizens have come and said how can we be involved," Denice Harland of the Giddings Chamber of Commerce said.

For the Giddings mayor, it's warm feelings all around.

"For me personally I wanted to be involved in this project to give back to those who've given so much and everyone in Giddings feels the same way. And as a community we've pulled together to help someone in need who we can," said Mayor Charlie Brown.

It's been a can do attitude that's preparing the house. It's an older home that was in need of a comprehensive upgrade to meet the specialized needs of its new resident who after tours in Iraq and Afghanistan is 70 percent disabled according to the VA.

So the house is getting a total remodeling and refurbishment.

"We've had a great response, my partner and I build custom homes and we called in favors without suppliers and contractors and everyone's donating stuff and getting the ball rolling. So for us it's a way to give back," said contractor Brian Fischer.

People here say Giddings as a town has fared pretty well with its citizens coming thru the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Unlike Sean who endured multiple explosions in combat that left him with PTSD, brain injuries, and issues with his balance, sleep, and speech.

"It's indescribable how much it means for us...having a place to call our home," Sean said.

The Friedericks are looking to move in sometime in mid-January. While many of us know moving can be stressful that won't be the case here.

"We're very proud to have the Friedrichs here as citizens and them living with us," said Mayor Brown.

Again, we are still waiting on a move in day but when that day comes we hope to have a camera there to get the Friedricks big day.

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