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Veteran, son receive gift of lifetime

by: Leslie Coursey Updated:


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A veteran and single mom got the gift of a lifetime Wednesday -- a newly renovated home. Jessica Blow didn't know it when she showed up in an Arlington neighborhood, but she was about to be handed the keys to her new home.

The home was a gift to her from the nonprofit HomeStrong USA and Bank of America.

"I'm speechless," said Blow. "Like, if I could scream I would scream."

Blow is a former Army sergeant turned full-time college student. She's raising her 8-year-old son Cameron Robinson alone.

She was one of many veterans that applied for the fully-renovated, mortgage-free home hoping to get a leg up on life.

"The big difference here is that it's furnished. Not every donation we do can be furnished," said Jed Davis, CEO of HomeStrong USA.

"This is a blessing for me to be able to go to school full time and, like I said, not have to worry about where I'm going to live, what we're going to eat, where is the money going to come from," said Blow.

For her, this is a fresh start. And for her son, Robinson, it's a gift he'll never forget.

"I just want to say that this is the best house ever," said Robinson.