SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – June 5, 2015 – An enthusiastic crowd celebrated with two injured veterans and their families today, as they received the keys to their new mortgage-free Centex homes, courtesy of PulteGroup, H-E-B, local trade partners and Operation FINALLY HOME.
Army Specialist Haywood Range and Army Sergeant Randy K. Robinson and their families were greeted by hundreds of well-wishers who lined the street in front of their new homes in the Champions Park by Centex neighborhood in San Antonio. The home is one of more than 30 new homes for wounded veterans PulteGroup’s Built to Honor program has built across the nation.
The veterans were surprised last night with the news that they were getting the new homes – and surprised again today to find the mortgage-free homes gifted to them were also fully furnished and stocked with many daily necessities.
“These very deserving veterans and their families got a fresh start today. We hope their new Centex home will help provide them with many future happy memories,” said Laurin Darnell, president of PulteGroup's San Antonio Division. “We are forever grateful for the sacrifices they have made and hope these new homes will also help these families make the transition back into civilian life a little easier and a lot less stressful.”
The new 2,458-square-foot homes were built by PulteGroup contractors in the San Antonio area, and fully furnished and accessorized by Pulte’s in-house Interiors Design team.
A team of volunteers helped put the finishing touches on both homes earlier this week – from landscaping, to assembling playground equipment, to painting. Additionally, during the home’s construction, all those involved wrote special messages of hope, support and appreciation on the walls and beams of the homes.
This is the third time PulteGroup’s Built to Honor and H-E-B’s Tournament of Champions has worked together to make dreams come true for worthy veterans in the San Antonio area in collaboration with Operation FINALLY HOME, national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping 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.
Army Specialist Haywood Range, 28, is married with two daughters (ages 7 and 8) and a one-year-old son. In 2006, Range was severely injured in a training incident in preparation for upcoming deployment to Afghanistan where his combat vehicle rolled multiple times. As a result, his right arm was amputated and he has undergone numerous surgeries.
Randy K. Robinson, 30, served as an Army Sergeant in Afghanistan where he was involved in a vehicle crash that caused his combat vehicle to roll down the side of a mountain, hitting multiple improvised explosive devices. He is married with three sons (ages 3, 5 and 6) and a daughter (age 3), and hopes to start a business that funds retreats for veterans to assist with their healing.
“It is truly an honor to present these two deserving families with a new home they can call their own,” said Winell Herron, H-E-B Group Vice President of Public Affairs and Diversity. “They have sacrificed so much for our country, and we are thrilled to help these families get back on their feet and start this exciting new chapter of their lives.” H-E-B partners from Unilever and Anheuser-Busch were on hand for the home presentation.
About PulteGroup, Inc
PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), based in Atlanta, is one of America’s largest homebuilding companies with operations in approximately 50 markets throughout the country. Through its brand portfolio that includes Centex, Pulte Homes, Del Webb and DiVosta Homes, 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 conducts extensive research to provide homebuyers with innovative solutions and consumer inspired homes and communities to make lives better. For more information about PulteGroup, Inc. and PulteGroup brands, go to pultegroupinc.com; www.pulte.com; www.centex.com; www.delwebb.com and www.divosta.com. Follow PulteGroup, Inc. on Twitter: @PulteGroupNews.
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.
H-E-B, with sales of more than $22 billion, operates more than 360 stores in Texas and Mexico. Known for its innovation and community service, H-E-B is celebrating its 110th anniversary in 2015. 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 85,000 Partners and serves millions of customers in more than 150 communities. For more information, visit www.heb.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.