CENTEX BREAKS GROUND ON NEW MORTGAGE-FREE HOME FOR INJURED VETERAN
PulteGroup’s Built to Honor Program Surprises Purple Heart Recipient with Announcement of New Home
BRADENTON, Fla., June 27, 2014 – The dream of being homeowners has become a reality for a wounded veteran and his family as they were surprised today with the announcement that they will be the recipients of a new mortgage-free Centex home. A crowd of local contractors, neighbors, friends and other members of the community cheered as Staff Sgt. Todd Domerese, his wife Marti, and sons Ben, 10, and Joshua, 6, stood at the site of their future home at The Reserve at Crossing Creek.
Centex and local contractors will build and donate the home as part of PulteGroup’s Built to Honor™ program which provides mortgage-free homes to wounded veterans. PulteGroup will build and donate more than 20 homes to veterans across the country in 2014.
“Todd has made incredible sacrifices to protect his country and we hope that this gift of a new home will bring joy and peace of mind to him and his family,” said Rich McCormick, division president of the Company’s South Florida operations. “We must also extend our gratitude to all of the contractors who are donating labor and materials to give this worthy veteran a home. It is only because of their generosity that we are able to support our nation’s heroes.”
The build is in collaboration with Operation FINALLY HOME, a 501(c)(3) organization that honors wounded, ill and injured veterans and widows of fallen soldiers with new custom-built, mortgage-free homes.
“We are so grateful to Sgt. Domerese for his service and are honored to partner with PulteGroup’s Built to Honor program in improving the lives of our country’s brave service men and women,” said Daniel Vargas, vice president of family matters and community outreach at Operation FINALLY HOME.
The Domerese family will be moving into the popular Atwater floor plan and Centex will work with Todd and Marti throughout the build to put some custom touches on the 2,100+ square foot home.
Staff Sgt. Domerese enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1998 and served for over 15 years. He served in both Afghanistan and Iraq and was injured in 2004 when his Humvee ran over two IEDs simultaneously. Since his injury, he often speaks at forums on behalf of the National Intrepid Center for Excellence, which is the Military Health System institute for traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions, dedicated to delivering comprehensive and holistic care, conducting focused research and exporting knowledge to benefit service members, their families and society. He is also an Honorary Co-Chair for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Domerese has received several commendations, including a Purple Heart, a Meritorious Service Medal and Army Achievement Medals.
Centex, a national brand of PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), helps first-time homebuyers put themselves in a better place. Centex builds consumer inspired homes and communities that balance smart design and affordability with a friendly, enjoyable buying process. For more information about Centex, visit www.centex.com.
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.
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.