Salado Soldier gets ‘Extreme Makeover’ home

By Haley Hartwick

Staff Sgt. Patrick Zeigler, a severely wounded soldier of the Nov. 5, 2009 shooting at Ft. Hood is getting a big surprise this holiday season. He and his fiancée are getting the house of their dreams from the ABC television show, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” with an army of almost 3,000 volunteers helping for the week. 

   Sgt. Zeigler was hit four times in last year’s attack and suffered a nearly fatal wound to his head.  A bullet shattered the right side of his head and in mid-October doctors of Scott & White Hospital had to remove 10-20 percent of his brain.

  Designers have 106 hours to complete the house with 24 hours to add the final touches to the 3,000- square-foot home for the couple. Tilson Home Corporation, the Texas Association of Builders and Temple-Inland Inc. will all be participating in the project. The episode is expected to air on ABC in six to eight weeks. “We owe so much to the men and women serving in the armed forces,” Doyle Simons, chairman and CEO of Temple-Inland Inc. says. “While we can never fully repay them for their dedication and sacrifice, we are honored, humbled and excited to be sponsors of this wonderful project, which will give Patrick and Jessica a new home in the heart of Texas.”