Norfolk Marine surprised with home makeover

Posted at 6:33 PM, Nov 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-30 18:33:38-05

Norfolk, Va. - On Monday morning, LCpl William Simmons had a surprise delivered to his door.

"I can't believe that its happening to me, it's amazing," said Simmons.

Two furniture trucks delivered brand new end tables, bedroom furniture, appliances and even an entertainment center as part of a local store's military appreciation program.

"I didn't expect all this furniture," explained Simmons. "It was just spare bedroom furniture, but they went above and beyond."

The furniture was donated by Aaron's Inc in Portsmouth. Typically, the program provides a discount to military members and veterans, but after hearing Simmons' story, the store wanted to do more.

"I was deployed to Afghanistan in April and then on June 20th I was hit by an IED," said Simmons. "I was severely injured and it killed three of my brothers. Only me and one other person survived."

Although Simmons survived, he has a long road to recovery and has been stationed at the Portsmouth Naval Medical Center while he goes through therapy.

"I am with the Wounded Warriors and doing therapy and getting myself back into shape," says Simmons.

But thanks to Aaron's Inc., Simmons and his wife can focus on his recovery instead of furnishing their new home.