Al Roker and Operation Homefront surprise veteran

7:01 PM, Jun 3, 2013   |    comments
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LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- For injured veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, recovery can be long and costly. However, to help wounded warriors and their families re-establish their lives, Operation Homefront was formed to provide financial and moral support.

Al Roker, the NBC "Today Show" Meteorologist and a long time supporter of Operation Homefront visited Lawrenceville today to surprise one military family.

"After serving 3 tours in Afghanistan and Iraq and surviving 3 roadside bomb attacks, Marine Sgt. Corey Bowen, his wife and 4 children were in for a shock.

The Bowens pulled up to a beautiful Lawrenceville home having no idea it was about to be theirs.

"There is a big gap, a really big gap between what our soldiers and our families sacrifice and what they need to survive," Roker said.

He was moved as the Bowen family arrived and he couldn't wait to show them their new home.

"Welcome to your new home," Roker said.

"It's your new home and it's beautiful."

As the family toured every room, cheers could be heard outside.

"This is amazing. This is amazing, and it's unbelievable. Words cannot express how appreciative I am for Operation Homefront and Wells Fargo. This is more that I could ever have dreamed of," Bowen said.

The house is one of 15 donated so far this year by Wells Fargo to Operation Homefront.

Another major sponsor of Operation Homefront, Eckrich, is donating 5-cents from each specially marked Eckrich meat product through July 4 to support military families. Their contribution over a two year period is expected to top $500,000.

"I am ecstatic. This is a new life. I couldn't have dreamed of anything more," Bowen added.

The Bowens will also get free groceries for a year.

Roker will document Bowen's story in a special documentary, "Operation Inspiration," to be seen later this month on NBC.

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