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Reno Army veteran receives mortgage-free home

Leif Apag of Reno was chosen out of 20 applicants for a newly renovated home in honor of his military service.

The Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals and Nevada Housing Division has given a Reno veteran a mortgage-free home to thank him for his service with the U.S. Army.

After nearly 10 months, Leif Apag and his family received the keys to a newly renovated home.

Apag served in the U.S. Army for six years before he was honorably discharged in 2008. He did one tour in Iraq.

Transitioning back into society was not easy for him. He got his break when he was chosen as a candidate to be a new homeowner. Apag applied through the VAREP and was chosen out of 20 applicants.

"Things like this only comes once in a lifetime. It's like winning the lottery. I can't even explain how happy and excited we are to have this house," said Apag. "When I saw this, you know, it's beautiful. This house is more than enough for me and my family, and we're going to make the best of this situation."

Richard Mercado with VAREP said, "Without people and the courage going out serving for us, we cannot be standing here today."

Apag is now pursuing a nursing degree.

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