Craig Morgan Helps Surprise Wounded Warrior With Mortgage-Free Home
After surprising U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Josh Ferguson and his family with the news that they were receiving a…
Craig Morgan and U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Josh Ferguson; David Martin Creative
After surprising U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Josh Ferguson and his family with the news that they were receiving a mortgage-free home during an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry last year, country star Craig Morgan reunited with the family at the dedication of their brand-new, custom-built home on Thursday (Dec. 19).
Morgan was joined by Taya Kyle, New York Times bestselling author and widow of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, to hand over the keys to their new home in Charlotte, Tenn., which was made possible by Operation FINALLY HOME, Building Solutions by Spann, LLC, Christian Broadcast Network’s (CBN) Helping the Home Front and the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee (HBAMT).
“To be involved in something like this is truly humbling,” said U.S. Army veteran, country music entertainer and Operation FINALLY HOME ambassador Craig Morgan. “People don’t realize what an incredible impact this will have on the family. They won’t have to worry about a roof over their heads, heat or their kids being taken care of. It’s an honor to have been involved in this project.”
U.S. Army SFC Josh Ferguson was injured during a deployment in Iraq after his vehicle was struck by an improved explosive device (IED). According to a press release, he sustained several 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.
“It’s incredible to be part of these events and to see the community come together to provide a foundation of hope and security for those who have served us so selflessly,” said Rusty Carroll, Operation FINALLY HOME executive director. “From the build team to all of the volunteers, the Ferguson project has certainly brought this community together. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to honor Josh and his family for their sacrifice.”
The Ferguson family’s new home came fully furnished and decorated for Christmas, just in time for the holidays.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.