U.S. Army Veteran and Family Receive Keys to New Home in Michigan

PulteGroup’s Built to Honor program donates home to Purple Heart recipient

YPSILANTI, Mich., Aug. 29, 2014 — A crowd of local contractors, neighbors and members of the community celebrated as U.S. Army Sgt. Christopher Hemwall, his wife Valerie and son Colton, received the keys to their new Pulte home at Creek Side Village South in Ypsilanti Township today. This mortgage-free home is part of PulteGroup’s Built to Honor program which aims to donate 20 homes to veterans throughout the country in 2014.

The PulteGroup Team welcome Sgt. Hemwall and his family to their new home in Ypsilanti Township, Mich., along with Operation Finally Home

“We are so grateful for all the sacrifices Sgt. Hemwall has made to serve our country. We hope this home will help improve the quality of life for him and his family and provide them joy and security for many years to come,” said Brandon Jones, president of the Company’s Michigan Division. 

Pulte Homes and local contractors, vendors and housing partners donated the land, labor and materials, and worked with the Hemwalls to customize the new home and address Sgt. Hemwall’s specific needs. The project is in partnership 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.

“Operation FINALLY HOME is honored to partner with PulteGroup to help ease the struggles of our nation’s brave heroes,” said Rusty Carroll, vice president of Operation FINALLY HOME. “We cannot thank Christopher enough for his service and we are so excited for the Hemwall family to start the next chapter of their lives and begin building happy memories in this new home.”

Born and raised in Monroe, Michigan, Sgt. Hemwall enlisted in the Army shortly after graduating high school in 2008. He was first stationed in Germany, and conducted a NATO mission in Romania to aid in training the Romanian Army in maneuver operations. He was later deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where he received gunshot wounds to his back and legs, resulting in a lower leg amputation. Hemwall has received several commendations, including the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medals, NATO ISAF Service Ribbon, and several others.

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

About Pulte Homes

Pulte Homes is a national brand of PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM).  Pulte Homes builds consumer inspired homes and communities that provide the move-up buyer the best quality of life.  Only Pulte Homes offers the combination of innovative Life Tested Home Designs® with an unwavering commitment to quality and attention to detail.  For more information about Pulte Homes, visit


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