Dozens lined the streets in Nocatee to take Army Staff Sgt. Jerry Majetich and his family to their new neighborhood.
NOCATEE, Fla – A veteran injured in an IED explosion and his family were greeted by a hero in Nocatee on Wednesday. You get a mortgage-free home to thank you for his service and sacrifice.
A golf cart escort led Army Staff Sgt. Jerry Majetich and his family to the site of the soon-to-be-built new home in the Del Webb community. Dozens attended the groundbreaking ceremony and waved the stars and stripes to show their appreciation for a veteran who has given so much.
“Oh my word! Goosebumps,” said Rusty Smallwood, building heroes’ houses, “I mean the number of people when I turned the corner was just amazing.”
Majetich was seriously injured in an ambush in Iraq in 2005 that burned more than 30% of his body and sustained a traumatic brain injury. He has had more than 80 operations.
“I have served my nation, the nation I love, and nothing but hundreds of thousands of people before me,” said Majetich. “I’ve only had a bad day once.”
“It’s just a weight that is taken off my shoulder, both from my physical wellbeing in the house, because it will be more accessible and accessible to me, and it lifts a lot of weight off my shoulder to ensure that my wife’s needs are met will be hit, ”said Majetich.
He and his wife, Mary-Ella, are grateful.
“I’m overwhelmed. It’s just overwhelming for everyone lining the streets when we showed up and didn’t expect it,” said Mary-Ella Majetich. “I don’t think Jerry ever feels like a hero, and we have the feeling that we don’t necessarily deserve a big house and a free mortgage, and it’s just overwhelming to take it all on and yet it’s amazing at the same time. “
The house is expected to be completed in the fall.