Schock takes on Habitat for Humanity role

Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) recently announced plans to serve as the master building sponsor for the first Habitat for Humanity of Greater Peoria’s Veteran Build home.

Schock made the announcement during the Patriotic GospelFest concert at Five Points in Washington, Ill., on Tuesday. As the master building sponsor, Schock will assume all financial responsibility for the project.

Sergeant Brian Wood, his wife and three children, who are lifelong residents of Peoria, Ill., will live in the new home.

Wood has served in the Army National Guard since 2001 and earned two Bronze Stars. He was on active duty in Afghanistan from September 2008 through October 2009 and redeployed there in February 2011 until April 2012.

Wood currently works as a supply sergeant in Pekin, Ill., making near minimum wage.

“It’s a tremendous honor for me to sponsor the Veteran Build home for Sgt. Brian and Julie Wood,” Schock said. “The Wood family has sacrificed immensely over the last decade in service to our country. This habitat home is a small token from myself and a very grateful community for what the Wood family has done for all of us.”

The home will be built in Morton, Ill., on Cypress Street. Its construction is slated to begin in 2014.