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House going to homeless vets used to be home to Purple Heart recipient

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The family of a Purple Heart recipient says he would be proud to know the house he grew up in will soon be home to area veterans.

An anonymous donor gave the home which will be renovated with $100,000 given by Donald Trump to Americans for Independent Living.

The Miehe family told us they had no clue the home would be going to veterans until they saw our newscast on Wednesday and recognized the home as one that was in their family for many years.

"Outside mowing last night the wife came out, it must have been on the six o clock news, and said you're not going to believe this," said Burk Miehe, son of Herb Miehe.

"I knew right away, and then I had to back it up and just make sure and look at the house numbers, I had to do a double take," said Beth Connolly, Granddaughter of Herb Miehe.

The home, in the Miehe family for decades, was built by a family member in 1912 and stayed in the family until 2005.

"I know that he would be proud, my grandpa would be to know that his house is going to good use," said Connolly.

Her grandfather, Herb Miehe, served in the Korean War and was injured earning a Purple Heart, he grew up in the house.

The home will now go full circle from veteran to veteran.

"I hope they fix it up, and I'm actually going to check in and watch it and see if they need help," said Burk Miehe.

"The woodwork used to be beautiful I hope it's still in tact, it was it was all solid oak," he added.

The home will soon be a place for veterans to have a roof over their head and to get assistance with job hunting or education.

The Miehe family says they hope Herb Meihe is looking down and is proud.

Burk says his grandfather also lived in the home at one time, he served in World War One and earned an Accolade.

The house is expected to be completed in the next couple of months and be open to area veterans.

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