The midsummer heat and humidity could not suppress the welcoming spirit and patriotic tribute extended to a disabled U.S. Air Force veteran and his family, as they came to their new home in one of DeBary’s new neighborhoods.
Retired Staff Sgt. Matthew Cable and his wife, Ensley, were the cause for celebration in Rivington, where they were honored Aug. 22 with a parade and ceremonies at their new home. The Cable family was gifted with a brand new mortgage-free forever homestead from a grateful nation and private organizations such as Building Homes for Heroes and DreamFinders Homes. With the full round of activities and dozens of dignitaries on hand for the welcome, the Cables officially became part of DeBary and blended into a network of neighbors and friends that are now their extended family.
Cable served 10 years on active duty, including tours in Afghanistan. He battled cancer twice, before being medically retired last year. Cable participated in the 2017 Warrior Games and won three gold medals. Among the honors Cable received were the War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with an Oak Leaf Cluster and the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon.
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