Local veteran receives free home from Citizens Bank, military foundation

By Mike LaCrosse

mlacrosse@abc6.com

A special day today for a local veteran wounded while fighting in Afghanistan.

Today, he and his wife were handed the keys to a new mortgage-free home in Warwick.

Joshua Bacon and his wife, Erica, walked into their Gary Street home in Warwick for the first time Tuesday morning. The happy couple was at a loss for words amid emotion.

“It’s very overwhelming,” said Josh.

Joshua, a retired U.S. Army combat engineer, was injured while deployed in Afghanistan in 2009.

The decorated vet, whose job was to seek out and disable IED’s, left him with back pain and memories from the conflict.

“You just remember stuff like it was yesterday or a few minutes ago, it’s hard to let go of those things,” explained Josh.

The mortgage-free home is a collaboration between Providence-based Citizens Bank and the Military Warriors Support Foundation.

Not only did citizens donate the home, but about 50 local workers came here and planted flowers and did some work inside.

“It was incredibly exciting we put the work out we were doing this our colleagues got really behind it,” said Brad Conner, of Citizen’s Bank.

The no-cost, three bedroom, two bathroom house is a chance for the family to overcome their obstacles while Joshua is out of work and Erica is going to school.

“It’s amazing, it’s way above and beyond what we thought. The volunteers have done such an exceptional job… it’s gorgeous. We couldn’t be happier,” Erica explained.

Joshua says he’s prepared for all Erica’s decorating demands but has some ideas of his own for the man cave.

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