Veteran honored for his service to our country and receives keys to mortgage-free home

Apr 25, 2014

As military service members begin the adjustment to civilian life, it is important for them to have a place to call home, a neighborhood where they can build new memories and a strong community foundation.

Retired Army Sergeant 1st Class Don Chandler and his family received the keys to a new home in Gallatin, Tenn., on April 25, becoming the latest military veteran to receive a 100% mortgage-free home donated by Bank of America through the nonprofit Military Warriors Support Foundation.

With this home donation, Bank of America has surpassed its goal to donate 1,000 properties for military service member families and first responders who have housing needs. The bank works closely with MWSF and other nonprofit organizations that identify the home recipients and also provide related services, such as financial counseling. Originally envisioned as a three-year program when announced in August 2012, we reached our 1000th military home donation more than a year ahead of schedule. Bank of America will continue the program.

“The donation of these properties by Bank of America advances our efforts to provide support to our nation’s heroes as they transition out of the military and into their new civilian life,” said Casey Kinser, Vice President of Programs for MWSF. “Thanks in part to the contributions of partners like Bank of America, we are changing lives for the better, not just for members of our armed services and their families, but for generations that follow.”

Chandler served in the Army from 1988 to 2009 as a combat engineer. In 2006, he was injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) struck his unit as they travelled in Iraq. He is the recipient of two Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal and other prestigious awards. Chandler comes from a family of military veterans. He and his wife have five children and 10 grandchildren.

Bank of America has supported the U.S. military for more than 90 years by contributing to military nonprofits, providing banking services to military service members, and recruiting and retaining military veterans, Guard and reservists, and military spouses. Visit bankofamerica.com/militarysupport for more information.

Bank of America volunteers Alicia Lewis and Erica Delaney-Lenihan

Bank of America volunteers Alicia Lewis and Erica Delaney-Lenihan pose outside the site of our 1,000th home donation in Gallatin, Tenn.

Students from the Gallatin High School marching band

Students from the Gallatin High School marching band prepare to join the celebration.

Officers Micah Ferebee and David Bishop lead a motorcade

Gallatin, Tenn., officers Micah Ferebee and David Bishop lead a motorcade to the site of the Chandler family's new home.

Sergeant 1st Class Don Chandler and wife Gail Chandler

Retired Sergeant 1st Class Don Chandler and wife Gail Chandler react to seeing their new home for the first time.

Bank of America Tennessee Market President John Stein shakes hands with Don Chandler

After his opening remarks, Bank of America Tennessee Market President John Stein shakes hands with Chandler and introduces him to his new home.

Gail Chandler and friend Tayna Hyde

Gail Chandler is overcome with emotion during a tour of her new home as her best friend from childhood, Tanya Hyde, looks on.

Don Chandler and wife Gail Chandler

Don Chandler and wife Gail Chandler settle in by their fireplace and make themselves at home.

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We are changing lives for the better, not just for members of our armed services and their families, but for generations that follow.

Casey Kinser
Vice President of Programs for Military Warrior Support Foundation

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