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Veteran, family receive brand new home

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It's been a long journey for U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Luke Van Dorston and his family.

With deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, he flew more than 140 combat missions, was involved in more than 64 direct action raids and directed nearly 200 close air support missions.

"It means a new beginning to find a place that we can have our own house, make it a home, start new memories," Luke Van Dorston said.

Certainly no stranger to commotion, the 33-year-old highly decorated combat veteran and his wife are now surrounded by a different kind of action - a groundbreaking for a brand new home.

"It's amazing, it's so beautiful. I can't wait. Today is so cool that it's starting," said Abby Van Dorston.

This build is part of an Operation Finally Home partnership with American Country Countdown, Kix Brooks and LP Building Products. They'll build six homes for deserving veterans across the U.S. Everything's being donated, and even the builder is excited.

"We have a great place for Brooks and their dogs to play in the backyard. We even have a grill and porch in the back because he loves to grill out," said Daryl Walny with Carbine & Associates.

For Luke, his wife, Abby, and 1-year-old son, this kind of generosity is certainly appreciated. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011, and Luke still has seizures.

"Every two months, I go in for MRIs and follow-ups with my oncologist," Luke said.

The couple's new one-story house is being built in the Kings' Chapel community in Arrington, TN, and will give the family just about everything they need.

"For me, just having the neighbors around to be able to build support around us and stuff, I think is really important. I just think this house, it's just going to do so many things for our family," Abby said.

Luke's combat engagements earned him two bronze stars, one with valor for heroism.

The family hopes to move into their new home next spring.

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