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Tim McGraw Amazes a Military Family..gives a house!
Tampa, Florida -- It'll be a big concert Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium, as country stars Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw perform together.
But first McGraw wanted to give back: he's helping give away 25 mortgage-free homes on every stop of his tour to wounded veterans.
We spoke to the family whose lives are now changed forever.
"I had a crush injury to my face, my left eye socket, third degree burns on my hands, two collapsed lungs, traumatic brain injury, bi-polar disorder..." Domenic DeLucia is describing the sacrifice to his country after a roadside bomb blew apart his Humvee while deployed in Iraq.
Once back in the U.S., his disability made supporting his family difficult. Things were tough, so his wife Christina took a shot at a miracle.
"I found out about the program through the Wounded Warrior Wives on Facebook and said they were giving away one thousand mortgage-free homes."
Christina applied to Operation Homefront and was shocked when she got the call that the DeLucia family was being given a mortgage-free home in Orlando, sponsored by Chase Bank. It's the bank's way to give back to the men and women who have fought for their country, but there was an added twist: country music superstar Tim McGraw was part of the program.
"For a soldier to come home and have a home mortgage free, a place where he can have his family, a place that's safe and he can go out a look for a job and have a home is a great thing," McGraw explains.
The big surprise for the Delucia family is that McGraw will completely furnish their new Orlando house. Now, the family can breathe a little easier, and new memories can begin.
"It's like winning the lottery, it really is," Domenic says.
He has four children and this will give them all a better life.
Not only is Domenic amazed by the help, he has always been a huge Tim McGraw fan.
ARRESTED now in Colorado...but what a story and week for 2 brothers and their stripper sister!
Text messages and tweets by three fugitive siblings who shot at a police officer and robbed a bank reveal a dangerous mindset and a firm bond between the siblings, "We've certainly seen their mindset when... They shot at a law enforcement officer outside of Tampa Bay, Fla., and when they fired inside that bank in Valdosta, Ga. But these additional texts and tweets have given us additional insight," FBI Special Agent Stephen Emmett told "Good Morning America" today. " We are concerned and feel that they are going to continue and cause problems to say the least for law enforcement." Ryan Dougherty, 21; his sister Lee Grace E. Dougherty, 29; and half-brother Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26, have been on the lam since Aug. 2 when they shot at a police officer attempting to pull their white Subaru Impreza over for speeding. A few hours later, they robbed a bank in Georg…
Drummer for Mellencamp, Survivor found dead in home
September 11, 2009 STNGWire A southwest suburban Lockport musician who played with Survivor, John Mellencamp and Deana Carter was found dead in his home Tuesday night.Kyle B. Woodring, 42, of the 15000 block of West 167th Street in Lockport, was pronounced dead in his home about 9 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Will County Coroner’s office. The coroner’s office said Woodring died from hanging, but the manner of death will be determined at the conclusion of a Lockport police investigation. Woodring, who the coroner’s office described as “an accomplished musician,” moved to Chicago from Michigan in 1987 and joined the band Survivor, according to Woodring’s Web site. Woodring also played drums on tours with John Mellencamp and county star Carter. He appeared on talk shows hosted by Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien and Wayne Brady, the site said.