US Army veteran gets keys to new home - KMOV.com

US Army veteran gets keys to new home

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Sergeant Debra Millender was thanked for her service with a new house. (Credit: KMOV) Sergeant Debra Millender was thanked for her service with a new house. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

It was an overwhelmingly emotional day for a local United States Army veteran, who is also a hardworking mother of three.

Sergeant Debra Millender was thanked for her service with a new place to call home.

With American flags decorating the driveway, and lining the path to the front door, Millender shed some tears as she got the keys to her new home.

"It's beautiful, it's gorgeous, hit the lottery for real without actually buying a ticket," Millender said.

News 4 was there as Millender and her three children walked through the front door for the first time in the North St. Louis County community.

The Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals and Bank of America donated the house mortgage-free.

"It's a restart, do-over if you will for everything, get us back on track, get moving in the right direction," Millender said.

Millender, who is set to finish her bachelor's degree in management soon, couldn't be more grateful.

Family is her main priority. She is so thankful to be able to raise her children in a place that belongs to her.

"My kids can go off anywhere in the world and come back knowing this is their home," Millender said.

And mom will always be there for them.

Millender served 10 years in the United States Army until she was medically discharged in 2012.

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