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Marine Veteran’s Generosity Earns Him Mortgage-Free Home From Operation Homefront

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SALIDA (CBS13) — Marine Veteran Sgt. Ryan Dinkel’s new home is more than an upgrade from the 600-square-foot apartment he’s shared with his fiancee. It represents a fresh start

He spent nearly a decade in the military and served two tours in Iraq. He’s had several surgeries and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

“There were a few times I felt like I was going to die when I got out,” Dinkel said but as soon as I started linking up with the veteran groups, I found an area I liked and tried to help one vet after another.”

He’s now dedicated his life to giving back to veterans in need. He’s also studying to become a counselor to help others cope.

“You see guys getting out there that are hurting, and you want to help them any way you can,” he said.

Dinkel’s generosity is part of the reason Operation Homefront selected him as the recipient of a mortgage-free home donated by Wells Fargo.

He and his fiancee have strong ties to the central valley and look forward to making memories in their new home.

“I don’t know what to say,” he said. “Honestly, it’s breathtaking. I never would have thought this could happen.”

The family is hoping to be settled in time for Christmas.

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