Operation Finally Home gives home to veteran
Operation Finally Home and Lennar Homes surprised retired United States Army Capt. John Arroyo and his family with a mortgage-free home in the Mistletoe Hill area of Burleson during a special ceremony Friday.
According to a press release, Operation Finally Home is a charity that provides custom-built homes for America’s military heroes who have sacrificed so much in the defense of our freedom and values.
“We are honored to partner with Lennar (Homes) to provide a home for a deserving veteran and their family,” according to Operation Finally Homes press release.
Following two deployments to the Middle East, Arroyo transitioned to a commissioned officer stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.
During what would be the second mass shooting at Fort Hood on April 2, 2104, Arroyo was shot in the throat by the gunman. After recovery, he continued serving in the Army for five additional years.
“We would like to extend our appreciation to U.S. Army Captain John Arroyo who served his country valiantly for more than 20 years,” the release read.
Arroyo’s military service began as a 20-year-old when he enlisted as a soldier. His first assignment was in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, with the 82nd Airborne Division.
A few years later, he knew he wanted the military to be his career. He became an Army Green Beret in 2004 and served with the 3rd Special Forces Group during the Global War on Terrorism. Arroyo deployed to Afghanistan twice and once to Iraq.
In 2013, Arroyo transitioned from an enlisted soldier to a commissioned officer and was assigned to Fort Hood.
While stationed at Fort Hood, John heard gunshots on base. Before he could react, he was shot in his throat during the second mass shooting at Fort Hood in five years. Though Arroyo had a long road to recovery, he remained active in the military until 2018. He suffers from residual nerve damage and migraines sustained from his gunshot wound as well as issues with his knees and feet from serving in the military for 20 years.
Following his honorable discharge in December 2018, John and his wife, Angel, moved to Fort Worth where he works with the Dave Roever Foundation which provides resiliency coaching and retreats for active duty, veterans, first responders and anyone who has experienced trauma.
Arroyo and his wife enjoy their time with their children, grandchildren, and dogs while participating in the ministry, gardening, fitness and visiting the beach.