Lance Cpl. James Poggi thought he was dreaming when he and his wife Stefanie arrived at the site of their future home in Mascoutah.
A giant American flag waved from a fire engine’s extended ladder, over the Mascoutah High School marching band and Junior ROTC squadron standing at attention. The Poggis were escorted by three groups of veteran biker, and greeted by leaders of the construction industry and Mascoutah government, all welcoming them as future residents.
“I’m waiting to be woken up,” James Poggi said.
The Poggis had applied for Operation Finally Home, which is a nonprofit that builds custom mortgage-free homes for military veterans and widows. They thought they were arriving to interview with the homebuilders, and Poggi said he expected to be sitting in a construction trailer answering questions.
Instead, Operation Finally Home leaders, homebuilders and donors spoke about the program, and how happy they were to welcome the Poggis to Mascoutah.
Poggi …