Joy, excitement and appreciation were just some of the emotions on display Thursday morning as Brian and Jolyne Haas were able to see their completed, newly constructed home for the very first time.

"It is overwhelming to say the least," said Haas.

HeroHomes Loudoun, spearheaded by Jason Brownell, Matthew Lowers, and Aimee McGranahan, welcomed the Army veteran Haas and his wife into their new home this morning.

This is HeroHomes' first project, located at 712 Irvine Bank Lane in Purcellville.

The 2,100-square-foot, three-bedroom home is set on one-third of an acre and was designed for a veteran with special needs by Mizerak Architectural Design Studios.

The home has been a true community effort, with over 50 local businesses offering their materials and services for this project, totaling about $150,000.

Some of the participating businesses include Loudoun Valley Flooring, Augustine Plumbing, Bowman Consulting, Potomac Engineering Group, United Foundations, TJT Corporation and many more.

The home is outfitted with a solar power system through donations from GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic and Standard Solar, which will save the Haas family at least $1,000 each year.

Haas is a wounded vet who was released from Walter Reed Hospital in November 2016. At the time, he had no plans for where he and his wife would live. He has put in 2,500 hours of flight time as an Army Apache helicopter pilot, and has had five deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2013, he suffered a severe back injury during a hard landing, and he still continues to receive care to monitor his progress from a recent bone fusion procedure.

  Brian and Jolyne are amazed by the size of their new walk-in closet in the master bedroom. Courtesy Photo

On Thursday, Brownell, Lowers and McGranahan led the couple through the home, explaining where things are located and how systems operate.

Walking through their new home for the first time, the Haas'appeared to be overcome with gratitude. They were especially amazed by the high-tech features, such as the fire suppression sprinkler system, high-tech HVAC system, tankless hot water heater, and solar power.

"Brian Haas spent almost 3 years in Walter Reed recovering from the injuries he sustained during his 5 deployments to war zones and the 1,000 plus combat missions flown in his Apache helicopter defending our freedom and democracy while protecting and saving soldier's lives on the ground, so for that we give him and his family a mortgage free home and a leg up on a future in western Loudoun," Brownell said. "HeroHomes was only able to achieve this goal because of some incredible support from a whole lot of people and organizations, a group that I call The Community, the inspiration we receive from our hero Tony Porta, tons of hard work and some good guidance from God."

They were also particularly fond of the master suite, complete with a whirlpool tub and spacious walk-in closet.

A second home is already underway in Round Hill for the Davenport family, and Brownell said he plans to build at least four more homes in Purcellville.

Brownell said he realized there is a need in this area to help veterans have a fresh start.

"What is most heartening is I thought we were going to be giving them a home, but I found out we are giving them {the Haas family} a future. He and his wife are filled with happiness," he said.

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