Purple Heart Recipient Receives A New Home Near Tampa

PulteGroup’s Built to Honor Program Donates Mortgage-Free Home to Wounded Veteran

RIVERVIEW, Fla., July 28, 2014 – U.S. Army veteran Master Sgt. Mario Pinilla and his family received the keys to their new mortgage-free Centex home in Magnolia Park near Tampa last Friday PulteGroup’s North Florida Division, with support from national and local trade partners and suppliers, built and donated the fully-furnished home through PulteGroup’s Built to Honor™ program.  Established in 2013, Built to Honor works to serve servicemen and women who have been wounded during their term of service. 

Pinilla was surprised in April with the announcement that he would be the recipient of one of the 20 homes the Built to Honor program plans to deliver to deserving veterans across the country in 2014.

“It’s an honor to build and donate a new home that will provide Master Sgt. Pinilla and his family with security for many years to come. We know many happy memories will be made under this roof,” said Peter Keane, president of the Company’s North Florida operations. “We must also acknowledge our national and local contractors, trade partners and PulteGroup employees who went above and beyond to make this a wonderful place to live for the Pinilla family.”

The home was donated in partnership with Operation FINALLY HOME, an organization that honors wounded, ill and injured veterans and widows of fallen soldiers with new custom-build, mortgage-free homes.

“Operation FINALLY HOME is honored to work with PulteGroup in supporting the brave men and women who serve this country,” said Molly Halliday, vice president of marketing. “We are so grateful to Mario for all he has sacrificed and we hope this gift of a home will help ease some of his struggles.”

Born and raised in Bogota, Columbia, Master Sgt. Mario Pinilla moved to Queens, NY, at age 18. The events of September 11, 2001 compelled him to enlist in the U.S. Army in early 2002, and in 2005 he joined the ranks of their Special Forces. Since then, he has served in Afghanistan, Columbia, England and Mexico. In 2008, he was injured as he rescued a friend and fellow soldier from enemy fire. He has since recovered and served two additional tours in Afghanistan. Pinilla has received several commendations, including two Purple Hearts, a Silver Star and two Bronze Stars.

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 Centex

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

About Operation FINALLY HOME

Operation FINALLY HOME was established in 2005 as a nonpartisan/nonprofit 501©(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


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