• ‘Extremely humbling': Local veteran with PTSD gets new home in Sanford

    By: Jeff Levkulich


    SANFORD, Fla. - A cheering crowd welcomed Army Sgt. Robert Tabers, his wife Heather and their five children as they pulled up to their new mortgage-free home in Sanford on Thursday morning.

    Tabers said he’s humbled by the entire experience.  

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    “It's hard to put into words. Overwhelming, extremely humbling," Tabers said. "There are so many people that deserve homes like this. It's hard to put into words."

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    The Tabers rented for years, but thanks to the Building Homes for Heroes organization and Chase Bank, their dream of owning one is now a reality.

    "Seeing our kids’ faces when we walked in, they were so excited. I almost forgot to look around because I was looking at them," Tabers said.  

    The children said they are proud of their father and the sacrifices he made to give them a roof over their head.

    What's special about the home is that it has been modified to fit Sgt. Tabers’ needs.

    He suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and numerous physical injuries from his 20 years in the military, where he endured a number of concussions due to explosions and small arms fire.

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    "It's set up where the rooms are larger. Small rooms give me a bit of a fit, even though I have been back for a while,” said Tabers. “Rooms are larger, colors are nice and subtle, and they chose the right things my wife wanted, and that makes it a lot easier too."

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    But Tabers’ favorite part? A flag pole with Old Glory waving in the wind.

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    Building Homes for Heroes is a national nonprofit organization.

    To date, the organization has given homes and new opportunities to more than 100 families across the nation.

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