Texas Tech, Homes for Heroes welcome home Flores Family|
The Flores family poses with Texas Tech Senior Associate Athletics Director Judi Henry in their new home.
June 8, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech Athletics Department partnered with the West Texas Home Builders Association and its local charitable organization, Lubbock Homes for Heroes, to construct a home for a worthy local hero, Louis Flores and family, as an extension of the Wounded Warrior Project.
Flores was surprised with the news that he was the 2011 recipient at the Oklahoma State-Texas Tech football game back in November.
Almost seven months later, Flores and his wife Olga and son Gabriel were able to finally open the door and catch a first glimpse of their new home in front of several family members, friends and local media on Tuesday morning.
"I'm absolutely speechless," Flores said. "I've been looking forward to it and it's just outstanding to see how much love and care there is in West Texas. I'm just eternally grateful."
Flores, who enlisted with the Army on April 1, 2003, was inspired to join the military by his father and several uncles who previously served. After being deployed to Mosul, Iraq, from August 2005 through July 2006, he was exposed to multiple improvised explosive devices during his tour and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder upon his return.
"It was such a special project for us to be involved in," said Senior Associate Athletics Director Judi Henry, who was on hand Tuesday to congratulate Flores as he took in his new three-bedroom, two bath home. "There is no better gift than giving and that's an important message. It's easy to get in your own little world when you're trying to compete at an elite level but it's important for all of us to send that message."
Born in Lubbock and raised in Plainview, Texas, Louis is currently a junior at Texas Tech University majoring in exercise and sports science. He hopes to attend physical therapy school and plans to pursue a master's degree in athletic training.
"It's really just overwhelming that so many organizations would want to reach out and help me, I don't feel deserving," Flores expressed. "It's really just been a humbling experience. Now I feel like we can actually start to enjoy life a little bit more again."