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Veteran surprised with new home during Titans game

Sgt. First Class Joe James lost both of his legs in an IED attack in 2008. Sgt. First Class Joe James lost both of his legs in an IED attack in 2008.
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A veteran from Fort Campbell got the surprise of his life Thursday when he and his family received a brand new home at the Titans' final preseason game.

Sgt. First Class Joe James knew he was getting a game ball, but it turned out to be much more. James and his family received a mortgage-free home.

James, a double amputee, lost both of his legs in an IED attack in 2008.

"I think God for this opportunity for my family," James said. "This is amazing. I don't know what to say."

James served four tours in Afghanistan and Iraq and received a Bronze Star for his service.

"We're getting a home," James said as he hugged his wife.

Operation Finally Home provided James and his family with the new house in Hendersonville, partnering with LP Products and Goodall Homes.

Operation Finally Home has provided 135 homes in 26 states to veterans.

"What a great day to be able to surprise another soldier with a home," said Molly Hallidy, vice president of marketing at Operation Finally Home.

"This is something I never would have been able to get on my own," James said.

It will soon be a full house. James and his wife have two girls and one more on the way.

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