Dean and Melony rented their home out for a few months when the Army transferred them to a new location. They returned to find damages that far exceeded the security deposit. Some of the damage was dangerous and needed expensive repair. Dean ... ...
- [Narrator] When ArmySergeant First Class Dean
isn't overseas, he enjoys his own army
with his wife, Melanie and six sons
and one more son on the way.
Dean's family life is afar cry from his world
thousands of miles away in Afghanistan
on air patrol and clearing roadside IED's.
As leader of his platoon,
Dean took his fellow soldier'ssafety into his hands.
- I'm responsible for otherpeople and their lives
and you really just focus on making sure
that they're trained,
they know what they're doing,
and that you keep everybodysafe and bring everybody home.
- [Narrator] Dean isemphatic that Melanie's job
at home is just as important.
- I have told her, like multiple times
that she works harder than I do.
I just don't think that people realize
the sacrifice that is made by a spouse.
- It's something you just do.
You know, your husband leaves,
you have to be both mother and father.
You know, show that boys thateven though daddy's gone,
you know, we can do thistogether as a family.
- [Narrator] With six kids,
the couple has alwayskept a disciplined budget
and even managed to save enough
to buy a house whenstationed at Fort Bragg.
When they were transferredfor a few years,
they rented out their house.
Upon their return, the couplefaced a financial disaster.
Their home suffered extensivedamage by the renters
and the estimated repairsexceeded the damage deposit.
- The rental companytried to get the tenant
to give some money, so they gave some,
but it wasn't enough tocover like the full damage.
- [Narrator] Also, theirdeck had rotten wood,
loose boards, and rusted nails.
All very dangerous for the boys.
- I just have faith that Godwill come through somehow.
That I'll get the time or the leave
or the money to do it all so.
- [Narrator] When theirchurch, River House,
learned about the damage,they contacted CBN's
Helping the Home Front.
Pastor Stacy Long came byto share some exciting news.
- CBN and Helping the HomeFront wants to bless you guys.
They want to give you anew door, new flooring,
baseboards, crown molding, drywall,
paint everything and make itlike it was before or better.
One of the other thingsthat Helping the Home Front
wants to do is they want you
to be able to enjoy your backyard.
They're gonna get a contractor out
to come and completelyrebuild a brand new deck
for you in the backyard.
And we're gonna pick out a play set.
Helping the Home Front is gonna make sure
that gets puts together
so that you can reallyenjoy that backyard.
You guys are amazing and we love you.
I can't think of any people
that are more deserving of blessing.
- [Narrator] Contractorsrepaired all of the damage inside
and stared building the play set.
We went back for a visitwhen everything was complete
and Dean's army was finally able to play.
This family can now enjoy their home
rather than worry aboutfinding the funds to fix it up.
- It definitely willcreate a lasting memory
of a time that Godprovided for our family.
To put our house back together again
the way that it should be
and to give our boys back their backyard.
It's like the greatest thinganyone's ever done for us.