The West Texas Home Builders Association proudly welcomed former Surgeon General of the US Army and Chief of Urological Surgery at TTUHSC Dr. Bernard Mittemeyer as the keynote speaker for the dedication ceremony of the Parade of Homes house being built and donated to local war hero, Specialist Louis Flores, and his family.
The dedication ceremony, held at the building site (6405 77th St. in the Bacon Crest subdivision), was on Feb. 1.
Specialist Flores, a Plainview native, was deployed to Northern Iraq where he served as a medic. Having been involved in multiple IED explosions, Louis always ran to the aid of a fellow soldier or helped innocent civilians when a suicide bomber had just blown himself up in a public market. The trauma and explosions were causing Flores to slowly and silently go to a very dark place. Coming home proved difficult as well. He returned to Texas Tech to continue his studies only to find himself distracted and unable to make the grades. Having undergone screening for TBI (traumatic brain injury) and having tested positive for a moderate brain injury, Flores and his bride of 12 years began to understand how that injury contributed to his maladjustment and cognitive struggles. He credits his wife, Olga, for providing the strength and courage to pull both of them through the hard times.
As part of the dedication ceremony a flag flown over the US Capitol by Congressman Randy Neugebauer on 9/11/11 was presented to Flores. All three area State Representatives – John Frullo, Jim Landtroop and Charles Perry – planned to present a resolution honoring the Flores family.
The new home is being built and donated by local trades and subcontractors of the West Texas Home Builders Association in partnership with Texas Tech Athletics. The Lubbock home will be on display for all area residents to see as part of this year’s Parade of Homes in June.