to Dedicate the Gift of a New Home
CHARLESTON, S.C. – December 16, 2016 – Gold Star spouse Stacey Freiwald and her family of Norfolk, Virginia, today received the keys to their new mortgage-free, fully-furnished home by Pulte Homes. The home is located in the Nexton community in Summerville, and was awarded through PulteGroup’s Built to Honor program, which provides the gift of a new home to wounded veterans and their families across the country.
“We are so appreciative of this opportunity in making our dreams come true of being in a neighborhood where our family can ride their bikes and play outside with friends,” says Stacey Freiwald. “It hasn’t been an easy road, but moving to Charleston gives us a new beginning where we can be near family.”
Stacey Freiwald lost her husband Chief Petty Officer Jason Freiwald who served with in U.S. Navy’s elite SEAL teams. While deployed to Afghanistan, he was killed in action while performing combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Since that time, Stacey has gone back to school with plans to pursue a nursing degree, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro twice, attempted to swim the English Channel, and volunteered with non-profits traveling to third-world countries.
“Today marks an important milestone for Stacey and her family whose dream of owning a home becomes a reality and they begin their new life in the Charleston area, surrounded by family,” says Charlie Tipton, the Company’s division president for Coastal Carolinas.
“Jason Freiwald gave the ultimate sacrifice. And PulteGroup, along with its local trade partners, is proud to honor him by supporting Stacey and her family by doing what we do best - building homes.”
PulteGroup built a 1,800 sq. ft. home with three bedrooms, a large kitchen with island overlooking the eat-in nook and great room. The community is a perfect place to raise a family with 2,000 acres of green space, new schools, parks and miles of biking and walking trails, a swim club, and community events featuring outdoor concerts, festivals and farmers markets.
To welcome the family just in time for the holiday season, the fully-furnished home is also decorated in the holiday season. Through fundraising events, a number of home items were also provided, including beach cruiser bicycles, golf cart, and kitchen supplies. The PulteGroup team was also able set up a college savings plan for Stacey’s family.
Built by Pulte Homes in the master-planned community of Nexton in Summerville, the home is in collaboration with dozens of local trade contractors and building partners, including corporate sponsor Boeing and Nexton developer WestRock who donated the lot.
“Boeing is proud of its commitment to support organizations and programs that serve our military service members and their families. We employ more than 23,000 veterans around the world, and Boeing and its employees contribute more than $10 million to support military and veterans’ organizations every year,” said Larry Colshan, Site Services Director at Boeing South Carolina. “It is truly an honor for Boeing to play a small role in helping a real life super hero’s family get a fresh start in this wonderful community.”
This is the fourth home dedicated in South Carolina through the Built to Honor program, and is in partnership with Military Warriors Support Foundation, which supports our nation’s combat wounded heroes and Gold Star families as they transition out of the military and into civilian life. Since 2013, the Coastal Carolinas division has delivered homes to wounded veterans in the cities of Beaufort, Ladson and Myrtle Beach.
About Built to Honor™
PulteGroup’s Built to Honor™ program recognizes and thanks returning military personnel who have been injured during their term of service by providing mortgage-free homes to veterans and their families. Launched in 2013, the program has built and donated more than 40 homes across the country. Built to Honor works in partnership with nonprofit organizations to identify veteran candidates. Follow Built to Honor on Twitter: @BuiltToHonor or Facebook.com/BuiltToHonor
About Military Warriors Support Foundation
Military Warriors Support Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity, founded by Lt. General, Leroy Sisco, USA (Ret), in 2007. Our Mission is to provide support for our nation’s wounded heroes and Gold Star Families as they transition out of the military and into their new civilian life. This is a very fragile time for these heroes, and their families, and it is our goal to provide programs that facilitate a smooth and successful transition. Our programs focus on housing and homeownership, employment, as well as recreational activities and travel assistance. For more information on MWSF please visit www.MilitaryWarriors.org