For the first time since returning home from Afghanistan in 2012, N.C. National Guard Sgt. Kyle Snyder finally has his own home.
Operation: Coming Home, which builds homes for wounded veterans in the Triangle, has almost finished a home in the Traditions subdivision for Snyder, his wife Joann Snyder and their children.
The organization held a ceremonial groundbreaking at the home Friday morning to honor Snyder and his family.
The Snyders have been renting homes since Kyle Snyder returned from service after being injured by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.
The attack left shrapnel in his leg and caused him to develop chronic pain syndrome. At one point, doctors thought they would have to amputate his left leg.
“I asked them to just give me a chance to get through it,” he said. He’s had 18 surgeries on his legs since then to make sure they are fully healed.
Snyder spent three years in and out of the hospital, including several months at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
“When we move in, this is a fresh start on our lives,” Snyder said at the groundbreaking ceremony. In the the coming weeks, Operation: Coming Home will plan another ceremony, where the Snyders ...