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A house that love built

Veteran gets mortgage-free home in Town of Waukesha

TOWN OF WAUKESHA — The Davis family will now live in the home that love built.

“Love went into building this home and the love will continue to be in the home when we raise our kids in it. That’s what makes a house a home — the love you put into a home,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mario “Joe” Davis.

Davis, his wife and children took possession of the Town of Waukesha home on Saturday, which was provided to them mortgage-free by Operation Finally Home.

Construction on the home started June 24, which is built on a lot large enough to accommodate Davis’ combat- related injury.

Davis felt a calling to serve his country following the Sept. 11 attacks. He served in three deployments and medically retired after 11 years of service after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at 28 years old, which doctors believe was a direct result of the traumatic brain injuries he endured while fighting. Davis received numerous medals and commendations during his time in the Army, including the Combat Infantryman Badge and Army Commendation Medal.

Saturday’s Operation Finally Home was the fourth home dedication in Wisconsin and the third that Waukesha- based Belman Homes built for the nonprofit organization.

This past October, the public was invited to write “Notes of Love” on the studs of the Town of Waukesha home before drywall was installed.

“Over 50 companies came together to help make this new home possible and on behalf of all them I would like to thank the Davis family for their service and dedication to our country. The Davis family epitomizes what we look for in an Operation Finally Home family,” said David Belman, president, Belman Homes, Inc., in a statement.

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— Freeman Staff

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joe Davis and wife Carissa cut the ribbon to their new home on the Cider Hills Development during the Operation Finally Home event on Saturday in the Town of Waukesha. The event marks the third Operation Finally Home build and fourth overall in Wisconsin.

Kenny Yoo/Special to The Freeman

David Belman hands to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joe Davis the keys to his new home.

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