A veteran in New Bern received a new, mortgage-free home Thursday.

The home-gifting for U.S. Army Specialist Andrew Jones and wife, Leigh, who is active-duty Air Force, will be part of the Building Homes For Heroes’ efforts to gift 16 homes in 16 weeks leading up to Christmas.

Andrew Jones joined the military in 2005 and was injured in an explosion while in combat oversees.

He suffered several injuries in the incident, including a traumatic brain injury.

Building Homes for Heroes was joined by the New Bern community, including first-responders, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, veterans groups, contractors and elected leaders to present the home.

Jones is a recipient of the Purple Heart award.