DeLand, FL – Community members across DeLand have come together with Defending Freedom Warrior Weekend to dedicate a new home to a wounded U.S. Army Veteran.
Corporal Robert Loria served from 1999 to 2005 as a Combat Engineer. On February 9, 2004, he was wounded during combat in Iraq and retired the next year. His wounds caused him to have his left arm amputated and caused major damage to his left leg.
Cpl. Loria has been awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star with Valor, and several commendation awards and medals for his heroism on the day he was wounded in combat.
The organization partnering with DeLand, Defending Freedom Warrior Weekend, is a nonprofit dedicated to providing wounded vets in DeLand with opportunities like golfing and skydiving, for the last 10 years. Cpl. Loria has attended the organization’s events many times, which lead to him loving the area.
The materials for the house, and the labor it took to build it, were donated by local businesses and volunteers from several organizations. The home has been refurbished as well as modernized.
On Saturday, April 1 at 1:00 PM, Cpl. Loria will be welcomed home and the community is invited to help. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 726 E. Georgia Ave., DeLand.
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