ROYCE CITY, TX – July 9, 2021 – Local Army Veteran John Endsley and his family unexpectedly received a police escort this morning; Their destination: unknown. Well, at least to the Endsley family.
When they arrived at the new Parkside Village in Royce City, they saw people lining the sidewalk cheering them on. They also saw a large sign placed next to the nearly empty land, which, to their great surprise and amazement, read: “Future home of the US Army SFC John Endsley and his family.”
Operation In the End, Trophy Signature Homes and MA Partners are building a brand new home without a mortgage for veteran Endsley and his family to pay tribute to their ministry and sacrifice in the name of our freedom. This morning they surprised the family with the news and a special groundbreaking ceremony for the future Endsley Estate.
“It’s a shock, a real shock,” John Endsley said as he stepped out of the escort truck, thanking everyone at the unexpected event.
The civilian air patrol’s color guard opened the flower ceremony followed by guest speakers: John Marlon, founder and CEO of MA Partners; Stuart Parker, President of Trophy Signature Homes; and Ronnie Lyles with Operation Finally Home.
Lyles said that of the 350 mortgage-free homes built by the nonprofit for veterans and their families, this is their first project in Royce City. Operation Finally Home offers these homes to servicemen and their families who have been injured, sick or injured as a result of their service to defend our country.
“Even if you see John walking with a cane, he has a lot of other things to deal with. But hopefully we can take the mortgage burden off him so he can focus a little more on this business, ”Lyles said.
Endsley joined the army in 2004 and served three years in Iraq. Like many veterans who return home from military service, he suffers from a variety of physical and mental pains such as PTSD, hearing loss, and chronic abdominal pain.
Thanks to the enormous generosity of organizations like Operation finally Home, Endsley has a place they can call home – a place where they don’t have to worry about mortgage payments, and instead can focus on healing and mastering life as a whole family.
“This is a watershed moment for me and my family,” Endsley said. “I can never tell you guys how much it means to us, how much it means to my family and how it will change their story.”
Austin Wells’ story and photographs, Blue Ribbon News.
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