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Veteran gets new Habitat for Humanity home

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany veteran is settling into a new home with his family thanks to the Flint River Habitat for Humanity.

"I'm happy, I'm full of joy. I'm just holding back the tears but it feels good," said Hubbard.

It's been a long road for nearly 20-year, disabled veteran James Hubbard to get to this moment.

He finally has a place his family can call home after losing his house in Americus to an electrical fire two and a half years ago.

With nothing left, Hubbard says he was persistent to get approved for the new home with Habitat for Humanity.

"The home was slotted for a veteran," said David Wilson, Flint River Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Coordinator and Family Service Manager. "He actually applied through one of the veteran agencies here and he actually fit the program."

In the program, Hubbard was required to work several "sweat equity" hours volunteering for other projects while his home was being built.

"They accommodated me because of some of my disabilities. I wasn't able to do a lot of stuff, but they accommodated me In what I could do."

Now, the 3 bedroom, 1 bath, light green home is standing next to Pinedale Park. "When my grand kids come over here, that's the first thing they want to do is go out to the park," said Hubbard.

Flint River Habitat for Humanity officials say this is the 5th home they've completed this year. "We're up to 155 homes since 1986 and we want to keep the mission and the vision going in this community," said Wilson.

They say they're always looking for more help and donations to continue changing lives for families like this one in Albany.

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