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If you would like to donate materials, please contact our Community Relations and Development Director, Lisa, at (309) 676-6729×102 or at lisa@habitatpeoria.org.

Your donation will go to the Military Build! We believe in Habitat for Heroes!

Check out photos from the Groundbreaking Ceremony here!

Military/Veteran Builds

Habitat for Humanity Greater Peoria Area believes in honoring soldiers who have risked their lives for God and Country. We currently have a Military family in our program and soon they will need help building their house! Sgt. Brian and Julie Wood have chosen their lot in Morton, IL. We are excited to announce that this build will be sponsored by Congressman Aaron Schock! Follow Congrssman Schock at https://schock.house.gov/! We are so thankful for his support. We would like to invite you to join us in creating a home for this deserving Military family.

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Sergeant Wood’s Military History

For as long as he can remember, Sergeant Brian Wood wanted to be in the military. His mind was made up after the 9/11 attacks when he was only a junior in high school. He enlisted in the US Army after graduating in 2003. His career lasted 10 years, in which he served multiple combat tours overseas in Afghanistan. Brian was attached to the 1st and 25th Infantry Divisions during his career. His highest achievements include receiving the Bronze Star on two separate occasions!

 

His first Bronze Star was awarded meritoriously during his first tour in Afghanistan. He was stationed in a very remote base near the Iranian boarder with a 16 man embedded training team that involved the US Special Forces. There he lived with the Afghan National Army and trained them while simultaneously conducting combat missions. Brian was involved in multiple fire fights . He was published in the Stars and Stripes military newspaper in May, 2009 for an 18 hour long fire fight where he lead his 16 man team in a fight with over 350 Taliban fighters!

 

Sergeant Wood’s second Bronze star was awarded for valor and bravery during combat in his last tour in Afghanistan. Brian was stationed in a remote mountainous base near the Pakistan boarder. He was attached to an infantry platoon and was a Squad Leader that commanded 10 soldiers. During this tour, his squad occupied  a mountain top observation post on rotation for a 2 week period. While Brian’s squad was at this OP, they were ambushed by a force of 60 Taliban! Sergeant Wood commanded his squad against the insurgents for over 10 hours! Seven hours into the fight, his squad ran out of ammunition. The only thing keeping the enemy at bay was Brian—who directed artillery fire and air support via helicopters with only his radio. His entire squad was awarded valorous achievements for their unshaken bravery!

 

Sergeant Wood sustained injuries that inhibit him from deploying again, however he is still actively serving locally in the Army National Guard. We are so thankful for all of his sacrifices. We are blessed to live in such a free country!

Congressman Aaron Schock of the 18th Congressional District is the “Master Sponsor” for our first Habitat for Humanity Greater Peoria Area Veteran’s Build. He is leading the effort to build our first military veteran home.

Build Sponsors Include:

  • Bruce Eckhoff Builders
  • Peoria Siding and Windows
  • Peoria Brick and Tile
  • Wayne Litwiller Excavation
  • ATC Spray Insulation of Morton
  • Trinity Stone
  • Foster Jacobs
  • Maurer-Stutz Engineers and Surveyors
  • Crossroads Concrete of Morton
  • ER Landscaping
  • ATSE Consultants
  • Great Plains Media Inc.

More Information

For available build dates, or to learn more about the upcoming Military/Veteran Build, please contact our Community Relations and Development Director, Lisa, at (309) 676-6729×102 or at lisa@habitatpeoria.org.