MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) — A U.S. Marine Corp Veteran was surprised by Operation FINALLY HOME and Lennar on Monday with news his family was receiving a mortgage-free home in Myrtle Beach.
U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Eric Fisher believed he was taking part in the initial interview process for a home and was led to believe the builder was delayed.
The Myrtle Beach Police Dept. met the family and escorted them to the homesite for the special groundbreaking ceremony.
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Fisher always knew he wanted to be in the military and enlisted in 2007 for almost 10 years including deployment to Kuwait, Afghanistan and Bahrain.
After a decade-long career, he was medically retired following bouts with migraines resulting from traumatic brain injuries (TBI), severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety he’d contracted during combat tours.
While his goal was to stay in the military for 20 years, his wife said "God had other plans."
For his bravery, Fisher received two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, a Presidential Unit Citation Medal (Navy), Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, three Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, a National Defense Service Medal and an Afghanistan Campaign Medal, one Star, among other accolades.
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Fisher and his wife moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in 2017 so he could attend Coastal Carolina University, where he’s currently enrolled in their professional golf management program with plans to help veterans cope with anxiety by playing golf. The couple and their two daughters enjoy spending time outside as a family, playing golf, fishing and riding bikes.