HUMBLE, Texas - Working alongside Highland Homes, Ashlar Development, and the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), Operation Finally Home welcomed U.S. Marine Corporal Michael Byrne, his wife Michelle (also a Marine), and their children to a new, fully-furnished home.
 
Operation Finally Home is a nonprofit dedicated to honoring wounded, ill, and injured veterans and the widows of the fallen by providing custom-built, mortgage-free homes and home modifications. The organization says it addresses the most pressing need of returning heroes and their families – a home to call their own.
 
During his service, Corporal Byrne experienced eight improvised explosive device (IED) blasts leaving him seriously injured. He received numerous awards including the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, two Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with four service stars, and the Iraq Campaign Medal with two service stars.
 
Corporal Byrne medically retired in 2013 and is now pursuing a college degree focusing on community planning so he can help homeless military veterans in the future. The family received the keys to their new home at a dedication ceremony held early in December.
 
Benedettini, a manufacturer of custom cabinetry, donated cabinetry products to Highland Homes to help furnish the kitchen, the study, and the bathrooms of the Byrne family’s new home. Over 60 different local companies also made donations in goods and services to the project.
 
Operation Finally Home partners with sponsors, builders, developers, individual contributors, and volunteers who donate time, expertise, and services to make these projects possible.

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