POTTSBORO — In Pottsboro, residents came together to welcome home an army veteran into his new home, provided in part by North Texas non-profits and charities.

POTTSBORO — In Pottsboro, residents came together to welcome home an army veteran into his new home, provided in part by North Texas non-profits and charities.


On Thursday, Army Corp. Seth Thomas received the keys to a new home was donated through the Homes with Honor program. The program is coordinated by the Tarrant County Housing Partnership, a nonprofit based out of Fort Worth.


Thomas served for eight years in the U.S. Army while deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. During his third tour of duty, he was critically injured and returned home. During his service, Thomas received the Purple Heart award twice.


More than 30 people were present at the small, three bedroom house as Thomas received the keys to the home. In attendance were friends, family, members of the community and members of the North Texas Patriot Guard.


The Patriot Guard, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts who gained recognition by honoring fallen military personnel at funerals, also raised a U.S. flag in Thomas’s front yard in honor of his service.


The donation of the house was made through a partnership between the TCHP, the National Community Stabilization Trust and Bank of America. TCHP became a part of the Homes with Honor program last year.


Through the program, partner organizations purchase distressed and foreclosed homes, rehabilitate them, and sell them to veterans at a high discount. Through the proceeds generated by the sales, the organization is also able to donate homes to veterans. Through the TCHP, four homes have been sold, with Thomas being the first recipient of a donated home. The group spent $68,000 rehabilitating the home for Thomas.


Thomas said he plans on concentrating on his children and his wife, Lacey, now that he has returned home. The couple have two children; Baylee, 7, and Gavin, 4, with a third child expected in January.


"This here was my inspiration to come home safe," said Thomas, referring to his daughter.