Meritage Awards Two Newly Built Homes to Veteran Families
Operation Homefront and Meritage Homes Corporation awarded two newly-built mortgage-free homes to two military families. The homes are located in Harrisburg, North Carolina, and Tucson, Arizona. Each of the homes were given to the families in November during Veterans Day.
Born in Bronx, New York, and raised in Queens, Army Sergeant Stuart Colon, his wife Kimberly, and nine-year-old daughter Chelsey will be moving into the first home that they will own as a family in Harrisburg, NC. Colon’s experience in the Army will never be forgotten. He was fortunate to make a difference for his country, family, and the United States. The 1,947 square foot home in Harrisburg will provide the family a place to grow, set down roots, become more financially stable, and save for their future and their children's future.
Marine Sergeant Patrick Martinez, was selected to receive a 2,631 square foot home in Tucson. The four bedroom home will provide Patrick, his wife Sylvia, and three children an opportunity to have a better future and not worry about moving year after year. This is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Patrick to continue to receive the medical care he needs, not worry about a monthly mortgage, and focus on a healthy and financial lifestyle.
Each one of the veterans was selected based on a number of qualifications including, but not limited to, family needs and ties to the community. These homes are the third set of newly-built homes provided by Meritage Homes through Operation Homefront’s Homes on the Homefront program. Robert Thomas, the organization’s chief operating officer, said, “We are tremendously grateful to Meritage Homes for their generous contribution. Without question, these homes will change the lives of two military families.”
“Our mission at Operation Homefront is to ensure strong, stable, and secure military families,” said Thomas. “We are fortunate to have Meritage Homes as a key supporter of our mission through our Homes on the Homefront program.”
“Meritage Homes has allowed two very deserving military families to fulfill the American dream of homeownership,” said Thomas. “We are looking forward to handing over the keys to the homes in November – just in time for the holidays.”
“We are extremely grateful to our military veterans for their service and sacrifices, which we are especially mindful of on this date,” said Steven J. Hilton, chairman and CEO of Meritage Homes. “We value the opportunities we’ve had to express our gratitude in such a direct and meaningful way by enriching the lives of many military families over the last three years.”