SOUTH HILLS (KDKA) – It’s been said that home is where the heart is and one group is making sure a veteran with a Purple Heart has a place to call home.

Retired Army specialist Tyler Schell has been awarded a Purple Heart. Today, the Military Warriors Support Foundation and Wells Fargo Bank handed him the keys to a mortgage-free home.

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The Sharon, Pa.-native served from 2008-11 and was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division. In 2009, he suffered third-degree burns to 30 percent of his body when his vehicle was hit by a bomb in Afghanistan.

“It’s just amazing what this organization has done for these two soldiers for my two sons. I can’t thank them enough,” Tyler’s father, Guy Schell, Sr., said.

Today, Tyler and his fiancée Chelsea got their first look at their new home.

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“I love Pittsburgh, so I am excited to be here and be in this house and just to be a part of this is just kind of unbelievable right now,” Schell said.

It’s the ninth home donated by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage to the Military Warriors.

“It’s overwhelming and it’s obviously emotional and very fulfilling to be able to give back. Every veteran we have worked with has been so humble and thankful for the home donation that it’s been an amazing program for us,” Tyler Smith with Wells Fargo said.

Schell is really excited to be back home near his dad and after getting settled, he plans to attend college for architecture.


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