United States Marines Sgt. Seann Windfield and his family received the seventh Home At Last home.
OAKLAND The heat didn’t stop dozens of people from going to Home At Last’s seventh home dedication this past weekend to welcome the Windfield family to Oakland.
Retired Marine Sgt. Seann Windfield and his family — wife Stacy and their four children, Calvin, Lou, Brande and Delilah — are the seventh to receive a mortgage-free home from nonprofit program HAL.
Windfield enlisted in the Marines in 2004 and completed three tours in Iraq before retiring in 2012. He suffered multiple injuries while overseas. While conducting a building clearing in Baghdad, he fell through a roof, suffering a spinal disc herniation and nerve damage that keep him in constant pain.
Windfield was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marines and received a 100% Permanent and Total disabled rating from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The family was homeless for a short time before renting a house in Satellite Beach. Now, in a few weeks, they will make the move to Oakland.
Following the flag-raising ceremony Saturday, June 24, community members got to walk through and see the Windfields’s new home on Briley Avenue. It includes four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a wrap-around porch and a spacious kitchen and dining area.
And during the dedication ceremony that followed at West Orange Baptist Church, HAL Secretary Jimmie Atwill presented Seann and Stacy Windfield with a Bible before Chairman Gary Atwill handed Seann the keys.
“Here are the keys to your home…you’re home at last,” Gary Atwill told Seann as he embraced him.
This is the second HAL home dedication this year. On Saturday, July 1, the organization’s eighth mortgage-free, disability-friendly home will be dedicated to retired U.S. Army Capt. Elmer Rivera and his family.
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