Operation FINALLY HOME dedication in The Groves, Marine Corporal Byrnes family

Combat Marine Receives New Mortgage-Free Home In Humble

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Operation FINALLY HOME along with Highland Homes, Ashlar Development and the Greater Houston Builders Association teamed to build a mortgage-free home for this American Hero and his family

When Marine veterans USMC Corporal Michael Byrne and his wife, Michelle, along with their two children, join the community of Humble, Texas, they will be moving into a new, custom-built, mortgage-free home.

Operation FINALLY HOME dedication in The Groves, Marine Corporal Byrnes family

Cpl. Byrne and his family joined representatives from Operation FINALLY HOME, Highland Homes, Ashlar Development and the Greater Houston Builders Association, along with the Humble community on Wednesday, December 5 to celebrate the dedication of their new custom-built, mortgage-free home. This is the 152nd home dedication for deserving veterans through Operation FINALLY HOME.


The special dedication ceremony include comments from honored guests and the Byrne family. Following the ribbon cutting, Michael and his wife, Michelle, received the keys to their home for the first time.

Operation FINALLY HOME dedication in The Groves, Marine Corporal Byrnes family

The Byrne family was surprised with the news they were receiving a mortgage-free home in The Groves during a special groundbreaking ceremony June 29. The community wrote “Notes of Love” on the studs of their home September 26 before they were wrapped in dry wall. The Byrne family will now feel the love of the community each time they walk into their new home.

Cpl. Byrne enlisted in the U.S. Marines in 2005 after graduating from high school. While he was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, he met his wife, Michelle, also a Marine veteran. In 2006, at the age of 20 years old, he deployed for the first time to Iraq, followed by two deployments to Afghanistan.

Over the course of his service, Cpl. Byrne experienced eight IED blasts that left him seriously injured. He medically retired in 2013. Today, he suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), migraines and several other injuries due to combat. His injuries make it difficult to work, but he’s pursuing a college degree focusing on community planning so he can help homeless military veterans in the future.

Operation FINALLY HOME dedication in The Groves, Marine Corporal Byrnes family

Cpl. Byrne received numerous awards and medals during his time in the military, including the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, two Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with four service stars, and the Iraq Campaign Medal with two service stars. The Byrne family received the keys to their new home today at a dedication ceremony.

Michael and his wife, Michelle, are parents to a son and daughter and they enjoy hiking as a family.

Operation FINALLY HOME dedication in The Groves, Marine Corporal Byrnes family

About Operation FINALLY HOME | Based in New Braunfels, Texas, Operation FINALLY HOME was established in 2005 as a nonpartisan/nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of Operation FINALLY HOME is to provide homes and home modifications to America’s military heroes and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and values. Operation FINALLY HOME partners with corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, remodelers, developers, individual contributors, and volunteers to help these heroes and their families by addressing one of their most pressing needs – a place to call home. For more information about Operation FINALLY HOME, visit OperationFINALLYHOME.org, follow @OpFINALLYHOME on Twitter and find us on Facebook.

 About Highland Homes | Founded in 1985, Highland Homes is an employee owned company that builds approximately 2,800 homes annually throughout Texas. Frequently listed among top builders by J.D. Power and Associates, Highland was ranked among the top 20 in “The Builder 100 List” and has won People’s Choice Builder of the Year for six consecutive years. Highland has been recognized for its energy-efficient building measures, earning an Excellence in Energy Performance Award for building 28 percent above minimum Energy Star specifications. Sensitive to the needs of its employees as well as its clients, Highland has been named one of The Best 50 Companies to Work for in Texas by Texas Monthly.

About The Groves | Situated in northeast Houston, The Groves is a one-of-a-kind master-planned community, skillfully orchestrated by Ashlar Development to preserve the pristine pines that create a beautiful and majestic backdrop for families to live in the quiet surround of wooded bliss. Located in the acclaimed Humble ISD with easy access off Beltway 8 and Hwy 59, The Groves is conveniently located to the backyard fun of Lake Houston, the shopping recreation of The Galleria area, the shopping recreation of Kingwood and Atascocita, and is a short drive to George Bush International Airport and business corridors of Generation Park, downtown Houston, The Woodlands, and the Port of Houston. With unique amenities and year-round entertainment planned by a lifestyle director, The Groves offers the kind of life you dreaming about.

About Greater Houston Builders Association | The Greater Houston Builders Association, chartered in 1941, is a trade organization whose members are involved in the development, homebuilding and remodeling industries in 11 counties in the Houston area.  The association currently has over 1,700 member companies, is the fourth largest builders association in the country and the largest in Texas. GHBA is the voice of Houston’s residential construction industry, serving their members and the community through education and advocating professionalism and quality housing.  The association also interacts with the government, community and general public to enhance the business climate for its members and to provide quality obtainable housing to the community it serves. The association is also active in community outreach and charitable events.