PulteGroup’s Built to Honor Program Joins Forces To Build Homes and Hope
Hundreds Cheer Veterans and Families as They See Homes for First Time
SAN ANTONIO, TX, June 11, 2014 – Hundreds of well-wishers celebrated with two injured veterans and their families as they received the keys to their new mortgage-free homes built by Centex. PulteGroup’s San Antonio Division and local contractors partnered with Operation FINALLY HOME and H-E-B to build and donate the new homes, which were fully furnished and stocked with food and home supplies.
“These two deserving families got a fresh start today and we hope these new Centex homes will help provide them with a springboard for the next phase of their lives, and many future happy memories,” said Laurin Darnell, president of PulteGroup’s San Antonio Division. The home is one of 20 new homes for wounded veterans the Company’s Built to Honor program plans to build across the nation in 2014. “We are forever grateful for the countless sacrifices these veterans have made and so thankful for the generosity of the many contractors who have supported the effort to put them in a better place. So many people have been involved in creating this new beginning.”
Army Specialist Matthew Castillo del Muro, Captain Jeremy Baggett and their families were surprised with the news that they are the recipients of the Centex homes at a special dinner yesterday, and saw their new homes for the first time at the dedication ceremony today. Located in Kensington Ranch in Selma, each mortgage-free Centex home is 1,907 square feet, features four bedrooms, three baths and was completely furnished as an additional surprise to the veterans.
Castillo del Muro, a Purple Heart recipient, was serving in Afghanistan in 2010 when he was wounded by an I.E.D. while on patrol. He continues to work on his recovery from a leg amputation and other injuries as he and his wife Kalyn serve to support other soldiers individually and in group settings. He currently cares for their two young sons, Connor and Charles, and Kalyn works as an Arabic linguist for the United States Air Force. Baggett, also a Purple Heart recipient, was serving in Iraq in 2003 when he was severely wounded by an I.E.D. Despite his injuries and daily struggles, he has continued to serve as an officer, making a difference in the lives of other soldiers through the Continuation on Active Duty program. Captain Baggett is credited for saving the life of his battalion commander during an ambush and has received many other military commendations. He and his wife Teresa have three children, Abigail, Maggie and Micah.
Centex, H-E-B and dozens of local contractors, vendors and housing partners are donating the labor and materials for the new homes. The veterans applied for the home donation with Operation FINALLY HOME, an organization focused on helping veterans and their families transition to the home front by addressing one of their most pressing needs – a home to call their own.
"Operation FINALLY HOME is truly honored to be working with PulteGroup in changing the lives of these worthy veterans and their families,” said retired Sgt. Daniel Vargas, vice president of family matters and community outreach. “Their commitment to our country and their service is why we are so proud to work with PulteGroup, H-E-B and others to put these deserving veterans and their families in a better place.”
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.
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 Operation FINALLY HOMEAt Operation FINALLY HOME, we provide custom-built, mortgage free homes to America’s Heroes and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and our way of life. We bring together corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, developers, individual contributors, and volunteers to help these Heroes and their families transition to the home front by addressing one of their most pressing needs – a home to call their own. For more information about Operation FINALLY HOME please visit operationfinallyhome.org.