NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 27, 2018) – Country music entertainer, award-winning TV host and Army veteran Craig Morgan had a big surprise up his sleeve Friday (Feb. 23) at the Grand Ole Opry. During his performance, Morgan invited his long-time friend, U.S. Army SFC Josh Ferguson, a disabled veteran, and his family onto the stage and surprised them with the news they are receiving a custom-built, mortgage-free home this year in Dickson County (Tennessee) from Operation FINALLY HOME. Joining Morgan onstage for the surprise was Operation FINALLY HOME founder Dan Wallrath and Executive Director Rusty Carroll.
“Josh and his family represent the true heroes of this country,” Morgan said. “I am proud to be part of Operation FINALLY HOME and thanks to the community in Dickson County, we are able to build my buddy, Josh, and his family a home that they so deserve.”
Morgan was named an Ambassador for Operation FINALLY HOME in 2017 after teaming with the organization in 2016 to surprise a military family with a mortgage-free home in Warsaw, Ind., during his “American Stories” tour. Operation FINALLY HOME provides homes and home modifications to America’s military Heroes and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and values.
“What a blessing to be able to be at the Grand Ole Opry with Craig Morgan and surprise U.S. Army SFC Josh Ferguson and his family with the news that we are working together to provide them with a mortgage-free home in Dickson County, Tennessee,” Rusty Carroll, Operation FINALLY HOME Executive Director said. “Josh has paid a hefty price protecting our country and we are honored to provide him a home.”
Ferguson served 20 years in the military. In 2007, his vehicle was hit by an explosively formed penetrator – a type of improved explosive device (IED). He sustained injuries which left him with an above the knee amputation, shrapnel pitted over his body, a surgically repaired leg, deteriorated hips, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and more. His injuries sent him to Walter Reed Medical Center where he spent several years to address the physical changes to his body. Joshua’s military career continued as a wounded warrior. His service in the Wounded Warrior Brigade fulfilled his need to serve his county. Josh was honored with several awards such as the Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge, GWOT Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and many more.
Josh was joined by his wife, Danny, and their three children. The groundbreaking for the home is scheduled later this year.
About Operation FINALLY HOME: Based in New Braunfels, Texas, Operation FINALLY HOME was established in 2005 as a nonpartisan/nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of Operation FINALLY HOME is to provide homes and home modifications to America’s military Heroes and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and values. Operation FINALLY HOME partners with corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, remodelers, developers, individual contributors, and volunteers to help these Heroes and their families by addressing one of their most pressing needs – a place to call home. For more information about Operation FINALLY HOME, visit OperationFINALLYHOME.org, follow @OpFINALLYHOME on Twitter and find us on Facebook.
About Craig Morgan: A multi-faceted entertainer, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself as a country music icon, TV personality, celebrated outdoorsman and patriotic Army veteran. One of country music’s best-loved artists, Morgan has charted 25 songs on Billboard and thrills massive crowds with signature hits including “Bonfire,” Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “International Harvester,” “This Ole Boy,” Wake Up Loving You” and the four week #1, “That’s What I Love About Sunday.” His newest album, A Whole Lot More To Me, features singles “I’ll Be Home Soon” and “When I’m Gone.”
Craig received one of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. Prior to becoming a country music star and TV sensation, Morgan spent seventeen years serving our country in the Army and Army Reserves. He is an avid supporter of America’s military personnel who has made 14 overseas trips to perform for our troops and is a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award.
In addition to a prolific country music career, he hosts the award-winning TV show Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors, approaching its ninth season on Outdoor Channel. This spring, UP TV will premiere Morgan Family Strong. The docuseries will follow Craig and his close-knit family as they launch the family’s passion project – Morgan Farms.
In 2017 Craig debuted The Gallery at Morgan Farms, a family-owned and operated farm-to-home business in his hometown of Dickson, TN. The store features a variety of artisan items handmade by Craig and his family and shoppers can also order his custom blended Old Tattoo Cabernet Sauvignon, in partnership with Lot18.com.