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'A fresh start:' Houston Co. Habitat for Humanity builds house for veteran

"For me, it's a fresh start," Lashunna Burrage says. "For years, I've been trying to get a fresh start. And it's hard when you run into different obstacles and it gets a little bigger"/Tiffany Thompson (WGXA)

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- Habitat for Humanity in Houston County has built its first house this year for a veteran.

"For me, it's a fresh start," Lashunna Burrage says. "For years, I've been trying to get a fresh start. And it's hard when you run into different obstacles and it gets a little bigger."

Burrage served in the military, and she says her duty taught her one thing.

"What I've learned is no matter what I go through, to keep pushing no matter what," she says.

Burrage says she took that message and used it when life got hard.

Her house was destroyed by a fire and she had nowhere to live -- until help came her way.

Cheryl Glover is the resource development director for Houston County's Habitat for Humanity. She says her organization heard Burrage's story and wanted to help.

"It is quite an honor to be able to serve one of our military members that sacrificed quite a lot," Glover says. "To give us our freedom in our country."

And now because of this, soon, Burrage and her four children will have a new place to live.

Glover says members from the community of all ages are working together to build and furnish the home.

"I'm grateful," Burrage says. "That's the best way I can put it. The name of the house is 'tranquility.'"

The project is attracting help from more than just Habitat for Humanity.

18-year-old Hannah Branham is enrolled at Veterans High School and GMC's Warner Robins campus. Branham is chipping in to help the Burrage family, along with other veterans, by hosting a ticket raffle later next month.

Learn more about Houston County's Habitat for Humanity and see how you can support it by clicking here.


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