Iraq war veteran given a home in Coventry

COVENTRY, R.I. (WLNE)– An Army veteran and his family will soon be residents of Coventry, after a partnership between the Military Warriors Support Project and Citizens Bank gave them the keys to a home–fully renovated and mortgage free.

The foundation’s Homes4WoundedHeroes program looks for veterans in need of a place to live.  Today, that recipient was Retired U.S Army Sergeant Bryan Cline, a decorated veteran of the Iraq war.

Cline was injured by an improvised explosive device in 2006, for which he received the Purple Heart. Cline retired shortly after his injury, and received additional awards, including the Iraq Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Cline appeared humbled by the gifting  of the home, which had been kept from him as a surprise until this morning.

“I know a lot of people say this, that they don’t feel like they deserve it,”Cline said, “And I don’t, because it’s not why I did what I did… it’s pretty overwhelming.”

Today’s home giveaway marked the seventh home in 6 years given away by the foundation.

“This is the best part of my job.” said Brendan Coughlin of Citizens Bank. “I mean, talk about waking up in the morning and having the honor to change somebody’s life. Brian has invested so much in this country through the military and he’s a purple heart winner and it’s just a special moment.”

©WLNE-TV/ABC 6 2020


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