Non-profit breaks ground on home for veteran

Saxton, Bedford County, Pa. - Saturday was a very special day for a Bedford County veteran. 
 
With the help a local organization he's breaking ground on the site of his very first home.
 
This is the site of 54 year-old Jeffrey Swope's home.
 
He's a disabled Airforce Veteran who has never owned a home for himself.
 
"Start brand new. I'm looking forward to it. I'm 54 in life and this late in life I'm starting a brand new home. The house will probably out live me," said Swope. 
 
It's all thanks to Habitat For Humanity in Bedford County.
 
Saturday, Swope and the non-profit broke ground.
 
Construction Chairman Ken Bowman says people assume that it's a free house, but that's not the case. 
 
"Jeff will do about 500 hours of sweat equity," explained Bowman, "Working in the office working on the site and then he'll help with the next house we'll build.  He'll help with that."
 
Swope is excited to help build the home from the ground up with his own hands.
 
"You can look at the final finished product and say wow I had a part in that so that's exciting. It's very exciting."
 
Bowman says Swope will do a lot of the work, but he'll need some help along the way.  
 
"If your hand fits a shovel you're more than welcome to come out and help. It doesn't matter the age. The last build we had, we had senior citizens out on the roof."
 
All to help build a home, this veteran says is a dream, come true. 
 
"I'm just so glad to be picked and you know representing veterans, and I thank God for all the veterans."
 
Habitat for Humanity hopes to start construction in May and have the home completed by Veterans Day.

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