Memphis veteran gets new house

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- It's a second chance for Mid-South veterans who have found themselves homeless.

For nearly two decades, Barron Heights Transitional Center has been a saving grace for those vets.

Now, one Memphis man has that program to thank for his new home.

Piece by piece, Jerry Surratt's new life is taking shape.

“Oh I’m real happy," he said. "And I thank Mr. Millbrooks and Ms. Joyce and all of them for it.”

They’re the faces behind the program, which helps homeless vets -- like 67-year-old Surratt -- get back on their feet.

“We help rehabilitate our veterans and provide them with the necessary space they need to live comfortably," said Barron Heights Executive Director Keith Millbrooks Sr.

Surratt, a U.S. Marine veteran who served in Vietnam, spent the past year and a half in the program, focusing on bettering himself so he could live on his own again, learning the importance of saving money and paying bills on time -- a skill so many of us take for granted.

“It’s alright, it’s alright. It works too, if you know, you work with it," he said. “You just have to stay with it. And I’m really proud of it.”

Today, because of Barron Heights and Surratt’s dedication to the program, he got the keys to his very own home.

“Today is a great example of, when you do that, what can happen," Millbrooks said.

And if his smile doesn’t give it away, just ask Surratt what he’s most excited about, and he’ll tell you after all of his sacrifices, just having a home to call his own.

"Getting this new house!" he said.

Surratt bought all of his own furniture, but Barron Heights is giving him a washer and dryer, which will be delivered next week.