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Carbon Hill veteran gets the keys to a life-changing gift

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CARBON HILL, AL (WBRC) -

An Army veteran got the gift of a lifetime Friday in Carbon Hill.

Nine years ago, Army Sgt. Jason Morris didn't know if he'd ever walk again after a car bomb attack outside of Baghdad.

But Bank of America wanted to take one more burden off of the Morris family. So they teamed up with Military Warriors Support Foundation to give the Morris' their own house.

Morris says he wanted nothing more in life than to serve his country. He enlisted in the Army in 1993 and planned on making it a career. But his dream was cut short in April 2005.

"We were going beside Abu Ghraib prison, it was the day they attacked the prison," Morris said. "There were two vehicles in front of us and one pulled over to the right like they were supposed to. The other went up a little bit. I was going by one on the right and he backed into us and it exploded.

Morris remained in a coma for 11 days. When he woke up, he says he had no idea where he was.

"When I first woke up I was scared is t he first thing. Angry is the second. Then you have the depression part. I probably went a week where I wouldn't talk to nobody. I just sat there and just cried cause I didn't know if I was going to be paralyzed the rest of my life," he said.

Morris spent 19 months in rehab. At times, it seemed impossible that he would walk again but with his family and the support of the community, he succeeded.

"Blood, sweat and tears. You put forth the effort, work, work, work," he said. "I've gotten back. I'm not 100 percent but I've gotten back to where I can do things for myself."

When Bank of America heard of Morris' story they wanted to help. They teamed up with Military Warriors Support Foundation and presented Morris with the keys to his new home Friday.

"It makes me so happy we can give back to our warriors and our guys," Ken Price with Bank of America said.

FOX6 News was there Friday when Morris and his wife toured the home for the first time.

"It's truly, this is enormous, bigger than what we've ever lived in. It's truly an honor and a blessing," Morris said.

The Morris' are ready to move in. Morris' daughter wasn't able to attend Friday but she's already picked out her new room. The couple also says they're expecting another baby in June.

Bank of America says they've pledged to make up to 1,000 homes available to charities that support military veterans.

You can watch on air, online at http://www.foxalabamalive.com and through the WBRC News app.

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