Giving Thanks: Military Family Appears on National TV Following Construction Conflict

Published 09/29 2013 08:56PM

Updated 09/29 2013 11:03PM

MORTON - A local veteran and his family are in the national spotlight after being selected for a Habitat for Humanity home.

Problem is, the site of construction didn't receive a warm response from all neighbors on the block.

So Fox News called, wanting them to share their story.

Recently, residents near Cypress Avenue in Morton (where their house will be built) started a petition.

Habitat for Humanity uses vinyl instead of brick, so they thought it wouldn't fit in.

The story quickly exploded and has even made international headlines.

Moving Forward:

Brian Wood and his wife Julie appeared on Fox News in Chicago Sunday morning.

They want to move on from the negativity surrounding their future home.

Wood, who's served in the military for more than a decade says he accepted the interview not to create conflict, but to thank the community for embracing his family.

"We wanted to let the nation know Morton is an amazing community and we're blessed to be a part of it,” said Wood.  “Everybody in Morton has shown a tremendous amount of love and generosity."

"If you live in a trailer, if you live in a mansion, it doesn't matter,” said wife Julie.  “What matters are the people inside the house…who they are and what their heart is like."

Facebook pages supporting the family have started popping up, and donations for the new house are pouring in too.

The Wood family says the home will likely have brick after all.

They plan to move in next year.

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