Marine's Widow and Son Given New Tennessee Home by Nonprofit

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In this May 1, 2019, photo, Cassie Carpenter and son Landon, 8, cut a ribbon in front of their new Dickson, Tenn. home, donated by the nonprofit Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. They are joined by foundation CEO Frank Siller. (Trevor Tamsen/Tunnel To Towers Foundation via AP)
In this May 1, 2019, photo, Cassie Carpenter and son Landon, 8, cut a ribbon in front of their new Dickson, Tenn. home, donated by the nonprofit Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. They are joined by foundation CEO Frank Siller. (Trevor Tamsen/Tunnel To Towers Foundation via AP)

DICKSON, Tenn. — The Tennessee widow and son of a Marine killed in Afghanistan received a new home in Dickson this week.

According to a news release from the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, Lance Cpl. Andrew Carpenter was shot while on patrol in Afghanistan in February 2011. Crissie Carpenter gave birth to their son Landon just four weeks later.

Since then, the mother and son, now 8 years old, have moved between rented apartments.

On Wednesday, they were given the keys to their new home during a ceremony featuring music and flags.

The foundation is named after a fallen 9/11 firefighter and honors military and first responders who have died in the line of duty. Its Gold Star Family Home Program provides mortgage-free homes to surviving spouses with young children.

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