Dual Military Family Breaks Ground on Mortgage-Free Pulte Home in Minnesota

PulteGroup’s Built to Honor Program Will Build and Donate Home in Prior Lake Community

Minneapolis, MN, August 16, 2021 – PulteGroup’s Built to Honor® program surprised U.S. Army Sergeant Efferim Tillman and Army Specialist Jessica Poplin with a life-changing announcement: they will receive a brand-new mortgage-free Pulte home at Trillium Cove in Prior Lake. After hearing the big news, the couple saw their future homesite for the first time and participated in a special groundbreaking ceremony.
“We are grateful to Sergeant Tillman and Specialist Poplin for their service to our country and are honored to build them this home,” said Jamie Tharp, president of PulteGroup’s Minnesota division. “We hope that the home will provide their family with comfort and many happy memories together in this exciting new chapter of their lives.”
Built specifically for the Tillman and Poplin family, the new construction single-family home will be 3,750+ square feet, with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 -bathrooms. The home will be ready this winter.
This will be the second home dedicated in the Minnesota area through PulteGroup’s Built to Honor program. The home is being awarded in partnership with Building Homes for Heroes®, a national non-profit organization strongly committed to rebuilding lives and supporting the brave men and women who were injured while serving the country during the time of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan.
U.S. Army Sergeant Efferim Tillman and Army Specialist Jessica Poplin
Army Sergeant Efferim Tillman joined the Army out of Columbus, Ohio and served as a 31B MP from 1999, until being medically discharged in 2016 due to several sustained injuries, including insomnia disorder directly related to his military service, as well as cervical spine degenerative disc disease, lumbar degenerative arthritis of the spine with intervertebral disc syndrome (IVDS), lumbar spondylosis, thoracic strain, moderate left ankle disability and limited use of his left shoulder.
For his service, Sergeant Tillman is the recipient of the Iraq Campaign Medal w/ 2 Campaign Stars, Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award), Army Good Conduct Medal (4th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Reserve Medal w/ ‘M’ Device, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Expert Marksmanship Badge w/ Pistol Bar, and the Driver and Mechanic Badge w/ Driver- Wheeled Vehicle Clasp.
Sergeant Tillman is currently pursuing a degree in video game design at Full Sail University and is engaged to marry Army Specialist Jessica Poplin. Sergeant Tillman and Specialist Poplin met in the Army in 2011 and became friends while working together. They lost touch after a while and then became reacquainted when they were both stationed in Germany in 2016. They began dating in April of 2017 and say that it was “fate” that brought them together. The couple and their children recently relocated to Minnesota to be closer to family, and for Specialist Poplin’s new position with Endeavor Airlines out of the Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport.

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 55 homes across the country. Built to Honor works in partnership with nonprofit organizations to identify veteran candidates. For more information about Built to Honor, go to Follow Built to Honor on Twitter: @BuiltToHonor and
About PulteGroup
PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), based in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of America’s largest homebuilding companies with operations in more than 40 markets throughout the country.  Through its brand portfolio that includes Centex, Pulte Homes, Del Webb, DiVosta Homes, American West and John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, the company is one of the industry’s most versatile homebuilders able to meet the needs of multiple buyer groups and respond to changing consumer demand. PulteGroup’s purpose is building incredible places where people can live their dreams.
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