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02.13.14

Gift Of Love: Injured Veteran Given Keys To Mortgage-Free Home

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – February 14, 2014 – An injured veteran and his family today received a gift of love and appreciation for his service to our country, as their dream of being homeowners became a reality.  The new mortgage-free home was built and donated by PulteGroup’s New Mexico Division and area contractors as part of the Company’s Built to Honor program.  

"This is a dream of a lifetime for me and my family,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Luis Lugo.  The home is one of 20 PulteGroup’s Built to Honor program plans to deliver to deserving veterans across the nation in 2014 in collaboration with Operation FINALLY HOME.  “We can't believe we are home owners.  We are so thankful to everyone involved."  

Sgt. Lugo, his wife Louise and three-year-old son were surprised that the new three-bedroom 1,930-square foot home is fully furnished.  Pulte worked with Lugo to ensure the home best fits their needs, but kept surprises for move-in day.  The home is in the Mesa del Sol master plan, minutes from the hospital where Lugo continues physical therapy.  

“So many of our valued trade contractors and suppliers donated their skills and materials to make this a wonderful place to live for Sgt. Lugo and his family,” said Jay Gillilan, president of PulteGroup’s New Mexico Division, adding that the generosity of more than 50 different local contractors helped build the home.  “It’s very special for all the Pulte employees who volunteered to get involved that this home dedication is on Valentine’s Day, as this is the ultimate gift of love in honor of his service to our country.”  

U.S. Army Sgt. Luis Lugo, who moved to New Mexico as a toddler, joined the service in 2007 and served in Iraq and Afghanistan until 2010.  He suffered multiple injuries three years ago when he was struck by an improvised land mine that forced his left leg to be amputated.  He is the recipient of The Purple Heart and many other military commendations.  Lugo was informed in August at an Albuquerque Isotopes game that he was selected to receive the mortgage-free home.  

Pulte Homes and Mesa del Sol donated the cost of the lot and Pulte and local contractors built and donated the home in collaboration with Operation FINALLY HOME, a nonpartisan/nonprofit  organization focused on helping veterans and their families transition to the home front by addressing one of their most pressing needs – a home to call their own.  

“It is a moving experience to witness the gift of home ownership being bestowed on such a deserving veteran and his family,” said Rusty Carroll, executive director of Operation FINALLY HOME.  “This effort led by PulteGroup’s Built to Honor program is an example of a company bringing a community together to honor and show support of one of our nation’s veterans.”

About Pulte Homes  
Pulte Homes is a national brand of PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM).  Pulte Homes builds consumer inspired homes and communities that provide the move-up buyer the best quality of life.  Only Pulte Homes offers the combination of innovative Life Tested™ home designs with an unwavering commitment to quality and attention to detail.  For more information about Pulte Homes, visit www.pulte.com.  

PulteGroup’s Built to Honor™ program was launched in 2013 to recognize and thank returning military personnel who have been injured during their term of service by providing mortgage-free homes to veterans and their families. Built to Honor works in partnership with Operation FINALLY HOME, a nonpartisan/nonprofit organization that identifies veteran candidates and helps bring together builders, contractors, manufacturers and sponsors throughout the country.  

About Operation FINALLY HOME  
At Operation FINALLY HOME, we provide custom-built, mortgage free homes to America’s Heroes and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and our way of life. We bring together corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, developers, individual contributors, and volunteers to help these Heroes and their families transition to the home front by addressing one of their most pressing needs – a home to call their own.  For more information about Operation FINALLY HOME please visit operationfinallyhome.org.

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