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A marine gets the gift of a lifetime, and the keys to his future

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BROOKLYN--He served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and now the community is serving him. Marine Pfc. Robert Vardaro was injured in three separate IED attacks while on combat missions in Afghanistan, and, as he continues to heal from the brain injuries he sustained, he has been given the keys to a new life.

With help from the Military Warriors Support Foundation and Bank of America, Vardaro has been awarded a new house in Brooklyn. "I see a beautiful, gorgeous home that me and my daughter are going to spend our lives in," Vardaro said.

Contractors and volunteers spent about two months remodeling the three bedroom, two-and-a-half bath, 1800-square-foot home not far from the center of town.

Dean Andrews, the community relations manager from Bank of America, said of Vardaro, "He is someone that served our country and he is someone who really deserves this house."

Vardaro will soon move in with his 4-year old daughter, Neveah (Heaven spelled backwards), and the decorated Marine will soon be working to decorate his new digs. "They got me a house I'd never be able to afford," Vardaro said. "This is life changing."

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