Spanish Springs, NV - It's the day the Pendergrass family has been waiting for. The day they get a new start in their new home. They just got the keys to their five-bedroom home in Spanish Springs near the high school and with every door they open, more amazement.
The home is paid for thanks to the Military Warriors Support Foundation.
"We found a website called Military Warriors Support Foundation and we applied for one of their Homes for Heroes that they put on their website and basically after some interviews and through going through committee, we were notified that we would be receiving a home from them," says Staff Sergeant James Pendergrass.
His family got the good news just last month.
"My wife and I were in tears. An enormous feeling of happiness, you know. And relief you know because the transition from the military is - it can be very difficult," he says.
Especially with the injuries this war hero has.
During one of his two tours in Iraq, Staff Sergeant Pendergrass was hit with shrapnel during a mortar attack. He got the Purple Heart.
And then, in Afghanistan, he had another injury that ended up sending him home.
"I was on patrol and ended up falling through a roof and ended up breaking my back," he says.
Now, with chronic pain and post traumatic stress disorder, his body may feel weak, but the bond with his family is stronger than ever. And watching his children check out the place they'll grow up in gives this father an overwhelming sense of gratitude.
"It's awesome to see your kids playing and happy and that's the most important thing," he says.
"It's amazing," says Tracy Pendergrass, his wife. "Beyond belief. Incredible.
I can't believe it. It really hasn't sunken in yet."
Staff Sergeant James Penderson grew up in Minden and graduated from Douglas High School before joining the U.S. Army. His five children are six years old, four years old, two years old, and he has two nine-month old twins. He says they family plans to live in this house "forever."