EL PASO, Texas -- For many combat veterans life after military service can be a challenging adjustment. Christopher Lloyd found himself questioning what his next step was after two tours of service in Afghanistan.
Habitat for Humanity looks to step in to help those in need, that includes our men and women of the military.
"I thought I was going to be renting. I just thought the idea of home ownership would be too much of a financial burden on me, so I never thought about it," Lloyd said.
Lloyd, like many other combat veterans, have suffered through the plight associated with having post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. While Lloyd is currently disabled, he is still optimistic he can work to help others that have gone through similar experiences as he has on the battle field.
"El Paso really has a large veteran community outreach program here and that intrested me. I want to get in the field of therapy when it comes to helping other vets, as a full time student I am making that dream come true right now," Lloyd said.
Lloyd will have to work on the house he is buying as part of the deal made with Habitat for Humanity that it calls "sweat equity." He will have to log at least 400 work hours on the property doing easy tasks like cleaning or painting walls.
Lloyd was selected for this house through Habitat for Humanity's "Veterans Build" program. His home is being built in memory of Victor & Mabel Fayant, who were life-long residents of El Paso.
For more information on the Veteran's Build, or to support Habitat for Humanity, visit their website: https://www.habitatelpaso.org/veterans-build