- Associated Press - Sunday, May 8, 2016

LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) - A retired Army medic describes the three-bedroom home donated to his family as “life-changing.”

“It is just unreal. It is literally one of those things that seems too good to be true,” John Blizinski told The Detroit News (https://detne.ws/1Txgt7r ).

Citizens Bank partnered with the Texas-based Military Warriors Support Foundation to donate the recently renovated brick ranch to Blizinski, his wife, Nicole, and their 2-year-old son. The family had been with John Blizinski’s parents in Royal Oak after he took a medical retirement from the Army in January.

Neighbors and Citizens employees, who helped rehab the home, watched from the street Saturday afternoon as the family toured the 1,400 square foot home for the first time, with Nicole Blizinski wiping away tears.

Blizinski served in the Army for nearly seven years. He received the Purple Heart in 2012, along with a Combat Medic Badge, two Army Commendation Medals and two Army Achievement Medals. His wife also received the Order of Saint Joan d’Arc award for her work mentoring Army spouses.

The couple not only got the keys to their new home Saturday but as a surprise, Citizens Bank partnered with White Star Movers, to transport all their furniture from storage a day early.

Nikki Hammer, who lives across the street, said her excitement for her new neighbors extends to her brother, who is also ex-Army and lives an hour away. He wants to meet Blizinski.

“They are fighting for our country,” Hammer said. “They deserve everything we can do for them.”

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