Veteran Surprised with Announcement of New Mortgage-Free Home
Donation in Collaboration with Local Contractors and Operation FINALLY HOME
TOMBALL, TEXAS, June 25, 2014 – A wounded veteran and his family were surprised today with the announcement that they will soon be the recipients of a new mortgage-free Pulte home. A crowd of local contractors, neighbors and others cheered and waved flags as Pulte and H-E-B employees shared the good news with Staff Sgt. Travis Palmer, his wife and four children.
“This day has been in my dreams and in my hopes,” Palmer said, as he, his wife and four children were stunned with the great news of the home donation. Palmer thought he was visiting the Wimbledon Falls community only to find out more about the home donation program. “My words cannot say how much this means to me. I just started crying.”
Pulte Homes, H-E-B and dozens of local contractors, vendors and housing partners are donating the labor and materials for the new 2,900-square-foot five bedroom, three bath home. The veteran applied for the home donation with Operation FINALLY HOME, an organization that helps veterans and their families transition to the home front by addressing one of their most pressing needs – a home to call their own. The new home will be completed and donated to the family in October.
PulteGroup’s Built to Honor™ program has announced plans to donate more than 20 homes to injured veterans across the nation in 2014. The Houston Division of PulteGroup is building and will donate two homes in the Houston area alone this year – one in Tomball and one in Brookshire.
“We are incredibly grateful for the sacrifices Staff Sgt. Palmer and so many others have made for our freedom. It is truly our honor to be part of building the American dream for such a deserving family,” said Lindy Oliva, PulteGroup’s Houston Division President. “With the help of our generous trade partners, we can help ease the struggles of our wounded veterans and their families as they rebuild their lives here at home.”
H-E-B Operation Appreciation, a companywide campaign created to honor the brave men and women of the armed forces through the contribution of time, talent and financial support, plans to donate eight homes in Texas this year.
“Every day at H-E-B we work alongside Partners (employees) who currently serve or who are veterans. It is important to us to honor our service members here at home, with a home to call their own and the opportunity to get their lives back on track,” said Winell Herron, H-E-B Group Vice President of Public Affairs, Diversity and Environmental Affairs. “It is a true joy to build this home for this family. We cannot wait to hand them the keys.”
Staff Sgt. Travis Palmer joined the U.S. Army in 1992 and quickly proved himself, being promoted to Corporal after only 20 months of service. He received a myriad of commendations including two Purple Hearts, Meritorious Service Medal, six Army Commendation Medals, Army Commendation Medal with Valor, and 11 Army Achievement Medals. He survived two concussions and shrapnel wounds and continues to battle other injuries including post-traumatic stress disorder and degenerative joint disease in his spine, shoulders and knee.
He and his wife, Toniek, and four children, are moving to Houston where he plans to attend Universal Technical Institute and be close to extended family.
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. Follow Built to Honor on Twitter: @BuiltToHonor.
H-E-B, with sales of more than $20 billion, operates more than 350 stores in Texas and Mexico. Known for its innovation and community service, H-E-B celebrated its 105 anniversary in 2010. Recognized for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services, and a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability, H-E-B strives to provide the best customer experience at everyday low prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs more than 80,000 Partners and serves millions of customers in more than 150 communities. For more information, visit www.heb.com.
About Operation FINALLY HOME
Operation FINALLY HOME was established in 2005 as a nonpartisan/nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of Operation FINALLY HOME is to provide custom-built, mortgage-free homes to America’s military heroes and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedom and values. Operation FINALLY HOME partners with corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, developers, individual contributors, and volunteers to help America’s military heroes and their families transition to the home front by addressing one of their most pressing needs – a home to call their own. To find out more, visit OperationFinallyHome.org.
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.