Celina High School honors US Army veteran

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CELINA, Tex. (KXII)- A round of applause for over 50 veterans at Celina High School, all recognized for their service at the annual Veterans Day program.

But Cody Derryberry got a lot more than he expected.

He was shot in battle in Afghanistan in 2012, where he suffered a severe nerve damage, lost function in his left arm, and required many other surgeries.

Derryberry received a Purple Heart and an Accommodation Medal for his service.

Derryberry says he knew he was getting a house, courtesy of the Military Warriors Support Foundation, and help from Wells Fargo and Westdale LLC.

The foundation is a nonprofit that helps wounded soldiers get adjusted to life after the military.

What he didn't know, was that he going to get free furniture and $1,000 raised by the students at Celina high school.

"I was kind of blown away that the high school would donate that money to me and do that for me, that's a big blessing," said Derryberry.

In the last 10 years, the Military Warriors Support Foundation has awarded over 800 homes to wounded veterans.

"They're the leaders in their family, and all of a sudden they can't make a living or whatever the reason is. Now, all of a sudden they have a 250-300 thousand dollar home mortgage free," said Lt. General Leroy Sisco, also the founder of Military Warriors Support Foundation.

Derryberry hopes his story, along with other veterans in attendance serve as an inspiration of the students.

"It's a great thing to do. I wouldn't take it back," said Derryberry.