The Coffeys are high school sweethearts. Melanie and Ray, a former staff sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, share a love that has lasted two decades. Staff Sgt. Coffey spent 17 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, and, in 2004, he experienced the unimaginable while deployed to Iraq. After enduring devastating injuries, he returned home to undergo countless operations and surgeries. To honor Staff Sgt. Coffey’s sacrifices for our country and for our freedom, Operation Finally Home stepped in to build a brand-new, mortgage-free home for the Coffey family in Texas. Watch as the Coffeys explore their new home, a bright and beautiful place for them to be together as a family. Southern Living is proud to partner with Operation Family Home. To help this great organization continue their work of honoring our veterans, like Staff Sgt. Coffey, consider making a donation today. To donate, please visit or text BuildingHope to 41444. Thank you for your service, Staff Sgt. Coffey.

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