Marine veteran surprised with new home in ceremony at UD Arena

Aaron Zurn, of Vandalia, served his country for 10 years

There was a surprise presentation at halftime of the Dayton Flyers men’s basketball game Saturday against Fordham at UD Arena.

U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Aaron Zurn, of Vandalia, his wife Brittany and their three children were presented with a mortgage-free home by Operation FINALLY HOME, JM Dungan Custom Homes and the Home Builders Association of Dayton.

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Zurn and his family received the news while standing at center court in front of a sold-out crowd of 13,407.

According to a press release, there will be a groundbreaking ceremony at the home site in Vandalia in the spring.

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Operation FINALLY HOME was established in 2005 with “a mission to provide homes and home modifications to America’s heroes and widows of the fallen.” It started its 200th project this year.

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Zurn served his country for more than 10 years. He did two tours in Iraq as a U.S. Marine Corps Rifleman. In 2010, he reenlisted as a “jump qualified” Marine Special Operations Forces operator. During his final deployment, he suffered a traumatic brain injury after a fall out of a helicopter. He suffers from “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, bilateral hearing loss knee injuries and other injuries from being a paratrooper.”

Among the awards he received for his service were two combat action ribbons, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Navy Accommodation Medal with a Bronze V and the Marine Corps Commendation Medal.

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