Captain Edward "Flip" Klein and his wife Jessica have been through a lot these past few years. In 2012, 7 months into a 9-month-deployment in Afghanistan, Flip was terribly injured when he stepped on an IED. He lost both legs, one arm, and most of his remaining fingers and had to undergo long months of therapy and recovery. Jessica stayed by her husband, giving all the support and love she could.
Flip was a fighter, and things finally started to look up as he gained back some strength and mobility. Then, 2 months ago, tragedy struck again. On Aug. 14, their house burst into flames. Jess was able to pull her husband partway to the front door, but quickly weakened due to the smoke and heat. Thankfully the neighbors, alerted by the couple's dogs, were waiting at the door to help Flip and his wife outside and call 911.
But there was nothing that could be done for the house. By the end of the day, all that Flip and Jess had left was the clothes on their backs. Even the vehicle spec-ially outfitted for Flip to drive had been lost. Flip and his wife were devastated.
Then something wonderful happened. People from the community - and across the nation - stepped up and began to offer a hand. The neighborhood supermarket offered them free groceries for the rest of the year. A local veterans' group financed a new vehicle for the couple.
And best of all, Flip and Jess will be getting a new "smart" home outfitted with all the latest in technology - donated by the non-profit Building For America's Bravest, and financed by other veterans' groups and donations from people all across the country. Now that is some good news!