The family of a fallen Special Forces soldier recently received an amazing gift: a new home.

Army Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar was killed Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, in April 2017, leaving behind his wife and five children.

Natasha De Alencar said the loss of her husband turned the family's world upside down.

Luckily for them, an amazing nonprofit organization was there to offer a helping hand.


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Building Homes for Heroes builds or modifies homes and then gifts them mortgage-free to wounded veterans and their families.

Now, they have expanded to include families of soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice, and Sgt. De Alencar's family was the first to be presented with a new house.

Natasha, her mother, Yolanda Thornton, and two of her children, Octavia and Marcos, along with Building Homes for Heroes founder and CEO Andy Pujol, joined Ainsley Earhardt to share their story.

"Although I wasn't thinking about my next steps -- what I was going to do next, where we were going to go next -- amazing people like Andy and the volunteers ... were thinking about me and my family," Natasha said.

Yolanda said of Mark, “He would give you the shirt of his back. He didn’t want any type of accolades or rewards. He was just a kind person. ... He was so warm and soft spoken.”

Pujol said it's an honor to help the men and women who have served our country and their families rebuild their lives.

“Every day is Veterans Day at Building Homes for Heroes," he said.

Watch the feel-good clip above, and learn more about Building Homes for Heroes.


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