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09.18.15

Injured Veteran Surprised with New Home Donation at University of Arizona Football Game

PulteGroup’s Built to Honor Program Joins Forces with Arizona Athletics and Military Warriors Support Foundation to Surprise Veteran in front of 50,000 Wildcats Fans

TUCSON, Ariz. – Sept. 19, 2015 - A wounded veteran and his family were surprised in front of an enthusiastic crowd at a University of Arizona football game with the announcement that they will soon be the recipients of a new mortgage-free Pulte home. “We’ve already moved so much, and all I’ve ever wanted to do is give my kids a place we can call home,” said U.S. Army Veteran Specialist David Moreno, clearly emotional as the crowd of more than 50,000 fans in the stands roared with excitement. “My heart felt like it wanted to stop.”

PulteGroup’s Built to Honor program, in collaboration with Arizona Athletics, Arizona IMG and the Military Warriors Support Foundation, planned the surprise announcement Saturday evening at a University of Arizona football game. During a game timeout, Moreno, his wife Monica and two young children were escorted onto the field for the surprise announcement. Unaware of the surprise, Moreno was told he was at the game as part of a general tribute to local veterans.

“It was so exciting and emotional to see his expression when he realized he was actually the recipient of a new mortgage-free home,” said Scott Wright, president of PulteGroup’s Arizona Division. PulteGroup’s Built to Honor program works to donate new homes to injured veterans across the nation. “The fans in the stands went wild when they heard the news too. We are just so proud to be a part of this wonderful surprise.”

The home, in Red Rock Village, will be customized for the Moreno family and ready in early 2016. It will be built by Pulte Homes in collaboration with dozens of local trade contractors and building partners. Moreno applied to be considered for a new home with the Military Warriors Support Foundation, which supports our nation’s wounded heroes as they transition out of the military and into civilian life.

U.S. Army Specialist David Moreno joined the Army National Guard in 2003 and was soon after called to active duty. While serving in Iraq as an infantry gunner on a Humvee, he was hit by an IED explosion that caused a myriad of combat-related injuries. The 31-year-old veteran, who also served on border patrol, has been honored with multiple awards including: Purple Heart, Army Commendation Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, and Iraq Campaign Medal. His goals are to work, get his college degree and save money to own a new home to enjoy with this wife, Monica, and two young children.

About Built to Honor™

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 nonprofit organizations, such as Operation FINALLY HOME, to identify veteran candidates. For more information visit www.pultegroupinc.com.

About Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF)

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

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Media Inquiries:
Jacque Petroulakis
480.391.6169
jacque.petroulakis@pultegroup.com

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