Florence businessman helps provide mortgage-free home for wounded veteran

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - The College Republicans at the University of North Alabama raised nearly $20,000 for a veteran to have a home.

The money helped them to provide a mortgage-free home, family counseling and financial mentoring to a wounded combat veteran.

"He's an Alabama native, Purple Heart recipient," explained Nathaniel White with the UNA College Republicans. "We're very happy to provide this for him."

They'll be working through the Military Warriors Support Foundation.

A Florence businessman made it possible - almost anonymously.

"In listening and knowing that you're supposed to give back to the community, this is a way that my wife and I felt that we could contribute and do a real good thing for a wounded combat veteran," said Mitch Wade.

Wade matched all donations through the weekend, helping them to reach their goal almost completely. However, this isn't the first time he's assisted the men and women who serve our country. He said he works closely with an organization that provides plane tickets to bring soldiers home.

However, he would never tell you.

"We're a little sneaky about how we do it though.  Usually they don't involve TV interviews. We're more than happy to do it, and don't want any recognition. Maybe we can help the next person get out and assist with a project like this."

However, anonymity is nearly impossible for folks who do big things in small towns. Wade said it is a project that hits close to home as a frequent traveler.

"You see enough of them and see what they go through, see them having to say goodbye to their families for extended periods of time. A lot of them come home wounded, hurt and it's just awesome that a community can get together and do something to assist when they return home because they have given an awful lot for all of us."

UPDATE: The College Republicans presented the keys to the family Nov. 14 at the UNA football game at Braly Stadium.

They still have about $3,000 left to completely meet the goal. They have set up a GoFundMe account for donations at gofundme.com/warriorsuna.

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