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The home awarded to Army Specialist Rodney Price The home awarded to Army Specialist Rodney Price
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Nationally thousands of veterans return home after serving their country only to find out they are not able to afford a home.

But thanks to a program called Everyday Hero some wounded veterans are getting 100 percent mortgage-free homes at no cost to them.

Army specialist and Gardner, KS, native Rodney Price has seen a lot of things.

"I was in Iraq ... we came under a mortar and rocket attack and a couple mortars in our area, one landed eight to nine meters from me," Price said.

This everyday hero was nearly killed in the attack. He suffered massive leg, lung and brain trauma. At the time he thought his life was over.

"I was having a hard time breathing so I was really scared," he said.

But Thursday the eyes of Kauffman Stadium were on him as Price threw out the first pitch and then received a gift - the keys to this own home. It was something he didn't think was ever going to be possible.

"I had told my family that with the extra money I was able to save we would be moving into a home and when I got hurt 42 days into the deployment, it blew that dream," he said.

It's been 6 1/2 long years since his injury. Price and his family had been living in a duplex for that time. The army veteran has two kids and a grandchild, but now there will be a lot more room for everyone.

"It's a way of being able to provide your family with security," he said. "It takes people with kind hearts, deep, deep, feeling in their hearts to go above and beyond."

And while the Royals were doing all they could during Thursday's game to get their teammates home, Price will be taking his family to their new home after the last out.

Nationally, 12 wounded veterans will receive 100 percent mortgage-free homes this year.

The program is sponsored by Chevrolet.

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