Mullica Hill Welcomes Retired Sailor Who Receives New Home

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A South Jersey veteran got to move into his new, custom-built home in Gloucester County on Monday, July 17th, thanks to the national nonprofit, Homes for Our Troops.

The veteran, who was forced to retire from the Navy because of a progressive nerve disease, was the star of the show on Monday as his story received attention from community and media from across the country.

As of Monday afternoon, Navy Petty Officer Second Class Timothy Birckhead is a Mullica Hill resident.

The petty officer loved his career with the military, but unfortunately, had to step away after experiencing pain and weakness in his legs.

Doctors eventually diagnosed the young man with Hereditary Neuropathy with Liability to Pressure Palsies.

“You won’t see bigger or brighter smiles out of anybody from a young man that really has a lot not to smile about,” said Tom Landwermeyer, president, and CEO of Homes for Our Troops. "But he’s got a great personality, [and] his mom has an over-the-top personality — she’s a wonderful lady.”

After a producer from ABC’s The View, got wind of Birckhead’s story, the show has been tracking the progress of the new home, helping to welcome Gloucester County’s newest neighbors.

His mother took over as Birckhead's caretaker, and after seeing how difficult their prior home was for the sailor to navigate, they were qualified to receive a new place to live from Homes for Our Troops.

This marks the 237th donated home by the organization.

“We’re going to give them a home that doesn’t have a mortgage, but they’re still going to be a homeowner, so they’re still going to have to pay the property taxes, utilities, and things like that,” said Landwermeyer.

After choosing Mullica Hill, the non-profit organization got to work building Birckhead's new home from the ground up.

The house has special adaptations, such as lower counters, pull-down cabinets, a roll-in shower, and more to fit all of Birckhead’s needs.

“He just wanted to be able to move around a little bit better and not be a burden on everybody,” said Landwermeyer.

“It’s safe for them. It’s fully accessible all the way around the home in a wheelchair if they so desire,” said Landwermeyer. “And the biggest thing is, it will restore some of the independence that he’s lost.”

After a producer from ABC’s The View, got wind of Birckhead’s story, the show has been tracking the progress of the new home, helping to welcome Gloucester County’s newest neighbors.

“I don’t think I’ve seen a more positive person around,” said Landwermeyer.

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