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Purple Heart recipient Dennis Hollimon knows what it's like to lose everything.

"From what I was told, I died on the battlefield but my medic brought me back to life,” Hollimon said.

“He talked to me and I told him I am a man of God, and I believe in my faith, and I believe he would get me out of here."

Call it a miracle, or just plain luck, the Army veteran survived a horrific injury back in 2009 in Afghanistan.

"The RPG came through and hit me directly on my back. It took my arm off half my shoulder, off right there on the spot."

When Hollimon returned home, he and his family found it hard to adjust.

"I did a few years of rehabilitation, went to Douglassville, then Jacksonville and now here."

The family will now call Newnan home.

"To be in a lot of different places, you have to just imagine when enough is enough and when you're going to be able to call a home yours,” said Hollimon.

“And right now, with the foundations building homes for heroes, this has made it a dream come true."

Hollimon even got a sneak peek of his home before he stepped inside.

"Of course I Google earth it and looked at it to see what everything looked like on the outside.”

A well-deserved gift for a man who risked his life serving his country.

"It's going to be a great birthday and great Christmas for me and my family. I just can't say nothing but, Thank You."

After gifting 28 homes in 2015, Building Homes for Heroes has its sights set on gifting 36 homes in 2016, equal to one home every 10 days.

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