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Wounded veteran unlocks door to new, mortgage-free home

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A Texas veteran wounded in Iraq is still adjusting to civilian life, and he's one step closer thanks to Wells Fargo and the Wounded Warrior Support Foundation. 

Retired Army Sgt. Joe Reyna walked into his new, mortgage-free home for the first time on Thursday.

Reyna has sacrificed a lot for the United States. He completed a 15-month tour in Iraq in 2007, and he was injured in three separate attacks.

To this day, he still has shrapnel in him, and painful memories.

"The third time, the most traumatic one for me, is where I lost five of my brothers," he said.

With the keys to his new home, he's now starting a new chapter.

"When I was training, I slept in the snow in the Colorado Mountains for training, and being in Iraq, sleeping in the desert, getting shot at, getting blown up and just experiencing those traumatic events and just one day, like today, walking into my new home," he said.

Now that he has served his country, he says he will serve his family.

Reyna's older sister and her two children will be moving in with him.

"To have a better way of life, because we didn't have that; I didn't have that," he said. "That's all I care about -- my family. I'm the first generation and I need to set the example."

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