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Building Homes for Heroes and Holiday Builders are building a new home for U.S. Army Sargeant First Class John Goudie, his wife Kristi and their three children. The Groundbreaking ceremony takes place Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 10 am. The gifting ceremony will be held in August of 2021. If you'd like to make a donation, please visit the Building Homes for Heroes website.  

U.S. Army Sergeant First Class John Goudie


U.S. Army Sergeant First Class John Goudie enlisted in the military because he wanted to follow his family’s long legacy of military service. He would rise to join the elite 7th Special Forces Group, undertaking the most dangerous missions in hostile territories. 

While on a combat mission in Afghanistan, SFC Goudie was shot several times at point blank range by an Afghan Special Forces Soldier. He suffered injuries to his shoulders and chest resulting in a shoulder replacement, and the eventual loss of his left leg to amputation. Even after receiving those injuries, he deployed twice more to Afghanistan in 2015 and 2016 on his prosthetic. 

His injuries resulted in the amputation of his left leg, a humerus replacement, internal wounds, loss of muscle tissue, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and PTSD.

For his service to his country, Sergeant First Class Goudie is the recipient of the Purple Heart, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star, Bronze Star Medal (2x), Army Commendation medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (2x), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Professional Development Ribbon (3x), Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal (2x), Special Forces Tab, Parachutist Badge and the Expert Marksmanship Badge.

Holiday Builders & Building Homes for Heroes

Holiday Builders is honored to partner with Building Homes for Heroes, a non-profit organization, to build a new home for Sargeant Goudie and his family. To quote Rich Brown, Holiday Builders President of Homebuilding Operations, "Throughout our lives, we learn of heroic stories of those who sacrifice everything to protect and defend our freedom. Our servicemen and women, and our veterans, couragiously serve our country without asking for much in return. It is not nearly as often when we are presented with an opportunity to directly help, or even change the life of one of those brave men and women," said Brown.

The Goudie's new home will be built in Windswept Estates, a golf course community in Freeport, Florida. Building Homes for Heroes in partnership with Holiday Builders, will gift the home to the veteran family mortgage free. Holiday Builders is grateful to the generous outpouring of support from our trade partners and vendors. Find a complete list of these generous businesses below.

Building Homes for Heroes coordinates all donations for the build. If you'd like to make a donation to the Goudie's Hero Home project, simply click here.

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