Kid Rock once again demonstrated his support for U.S. troops on Saturday evening as he teamed up with Pulte Homes and a nonprofit assisting wounded veterans to present a new home to a Macomb County Army veteran who lost the lower part of his right leg in combat in Afghanistan.
Mount Clemens native Sgt. Davin Dumar and his wife, Dana, were surprised as they walked into a model home only to see Kid Rock along with friends, relatives, the media and others waiting to greet them as they will receive a mortgage-free 2,600-square-foot colonial home near 22 Mile Road and Hayes in Macomb Township.
“First of all, welcome home,” said Rock to the stunned but smiling couple. “You are going to receive a fully furnished home, top to bottom. Thank you for your service.”
Dumar, who was released only Friday from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., was at a loss for words at the reception.
“I don’t know what to say other than shock and amazement,” he said.
Dumar joined the Army in 2005 and was deployed to Afghanistan with the 1-25th SBCT in May 2011. While on patrol, he was injured in an attack when his unit engaged enemy forces and he was struck by an improvised explosive device. His injury resulted in the amputation of his right leg above the knee and damage to both his right and left hands.
The house donation is part of an ongoing project sponsored by Operation Finally Home, a Texas-based nonprofit that builds homes for wounded American troops. Founder Dan Wallrath — who was named one of CNN’s Heroes in 2010 for his efforts — met Kid Rock at a previous event and Rock suggested providing some houses for injured troops from Michigan.
Construction will begin soon and is expected to be finished by the end of the year.
I'm not a Kid Rock fan at all, but this was very nice of him. I almost feel bad for saying this.....but that hair looks like it is attached to that hat, ala Bret Michaels.