• Eustis woman, 85, donates home to Army vet injured in Iraq


    EUSTIS, Fla. - A wounded veteran and his family are stepping foot into a brand-new life on Friday.

    Because of Army veteran Tommy Travis' sacrifices, a Eustis woman has donated her house to his family.

    The gesture is something that Travis said he will never be able to pay back.

    For the last week, the three-bedroom house with a pool has been under renovation.

    "It's the beginning of the largest chapter of my life. It's the best part of my life," Travis said .


    spent 15 months in Iraq. He watched two friends die, and he suffered a brain injury after a grenade hit his Humvee.

    Travis is set to receive the Purple Heart.

    A woman whom he's never met, Tinky Stewart, 85, is giving her house to Travis to show her gratitude for his sacrifice. Stewart is the widow of a Marine.

    "I'm of the age where it takes very little for me anymore. So, I thought, 'Why not donate it to a nice veteran and his family?'" Stewart said.

    For the last week, the Lifetime TV show "Designing Spaces: Military Makeovers" has been giving the home a complete renovation.

    For Travis, his wife and two daughters, the home will mean the end of countless moves, courtesy of the U.S. Army. It will finally be a home upon which they can build.

    "She's an angel for what she did. I can't say thank you enough. I could say it a hundred million times and it still wouldn't be enough to show the gratitude I have toward her," Travis said.

    The house will be mortgage free.

    The episode on the makeover will air in October.

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