A retired U.S. Marine Corps sergeant and his family received the keys to their new, bespoke, mortgage-free home on Thursday.
Vandalia-born Aaron Zurn, wife Brittany Zurn, and three children were surprised by news that they had received the home at halftime of a Fordham-Dayton basketball game on February 2, 2020.
Operation finally home has teamed up with JM Dungan Custom Homes and the Home Builders Association of Dayton to make the home available to the family.
It was difficult for the family to find words when they first looked at their new home.
“There’s a huge weight taken off our shoulders today,” said Brittany Zurn.
Zurn and his wife toured the house with their three children, who immediately fell in love with their new rooms.
As much as it means to the family, seeing how happy the kids were was Zürn’s favorite part.
“It’s been a long time since they had their own personal space,” said Zurn. “It’s well deserved.”
Zurn served more than ten years and exactly five years ago he had to retire medically from the Marines on Thursday after an accident in which he fell from a helicopter and suffered a traumatic brain injury.
For his service, Zurn received awards, including two Combat Action Ribbons, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Navy Accommodation Medal with a Bronze V, the Marine Corps Commendation Medal and many more.
Brittany Zurn thanked everyone who sponsored the project and made her new home possible.
“I don’t think we can put into words how grateful we are that this weight was lifted, if there was a reason I ever had to stop working because he needed my full-time care for us to do this could and could still be okay, ”said Brittany Zurn.
The Zurns said they will have partially moved on Thursday and are expecting to sleep there because they are unlikely to be able to get their children to leave their new home.