Injured Marine gets new house

7:03 AM, Nov 5, 2013   |    comments
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COON RAPIDS, Minn. - It's home sweet home for Derek Goodridge, a Marine from Minneapolis.

"I've been looking forward to this day for a long time," he says. "It's finally here."

Thanks to a partnership between Chase Bank and the Military Warriors Support Foundation, Goodridge was handed the keys to his very own home on Monday.

The veteran, who's learned to live with one arm after a 2011 explosion in Afghanistan, says it's a weight taken off his shoulders.

"I can finally breathe easy," said Goodridge. "There are always hard things when returning home, but especially when you're an amputee."

That's why this day was so special.

"There are no words," he said while seeing the Coon Rapids home for the first time. "I can't say thank you enough."

The four-bedroom home will is "perfect" for the 25-year-old and his young family.

Prior to Thursday night's Minnesota Vikings game, Goodridge will officially accept the keys during a ceremony.

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