20170511 - Soldier's Journey Home (HRB) - nwherald
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H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com
New Yprk firefighter Paddy Neville works on a frame for an interior wall Thursday, May 11, 2017 for the custom mortgage-free home being built for veteran Anthony “Tony” Chobanov and his family in Spring Grove. The build is part of A Soldier’s Journey Home project. Chobanov served as a Forward Observer in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom and in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. As a result of his service, he suffers from a Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and neurological injuries that make it difficult to maintain employment. Tony, his wife Abbey, and their four children, currently live in a home where the rent consumes two-thirds of their monthly income. The new home will double the family’s disposable income, allowing Tony to focus on rehabilitation and recovery.