MIDWAY, N.C. -- Some things are worth the wait. And Jessie Fletcher is a patient man.
"It's been three years since you and I started working on this project, Bob," Jessie told me, recently.
Truth be told, I only helped document it. Jessie, his wife and a few dedicated friends did all the heavy lifting. Early in 2013, a nonprofit group dedicated to military veterans turned over a few shovels of dirt in the south end of Winston-Salem and told Jessie and his then-fiance, Emily, that they hoped they would have them a finished home by Thanksgiving.
A year later, as we stood on that same lot - no more dirt overturned than the year before - Jessie told me, "I never thought that timeline was realistic."
The group that promised the home had the best of intentions but seemed to bite off a bit more than it could chew. This was to be no ordinary house. Jessie lost the lower half of both of his legs and a few fingers when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan in October 2011. He never asked for special treatment but knew that the type of home these folks promised to help him build would make life much easier for him and, most importantly, that would make it easier for Emily who had since become his wife.
In this edition of the Buckley Report, see how it all played out, over those three years and the special way Jessie ended up getting his own house built to help him live like everyone else.