Supporting the transition to civilian life
Three servicemembers and their families are moving forward with their lives and into homes donated through the partnership between Bank of America and Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF). The donations are part of the bank’s commitment to provide up to 1,000 properties nationwide to nonprofit organizations serving the needs of injured servicemembers and first responders.
Bank of America Executive Renee Johnson said, “Our commitment to provide homes for wounded service members and their families reflects Bank of America’s efforts to help revitalize communities and support the housing needs of those who, like these families, have sacrificed for our nation. We are honored to join Military Warriors Support Foundation in assisting them as they move forward with their transition to civilian life.”
U.S. Army Specialist Nicholas Salerno, his fiancée and two children were provided a home in Tampa, Fla. An infantryman with three years of service, SPC Salerno completed a tour in Afghanistan, where he suffered a brain injury and partial leg amputation following an explosion. He described the home donation as “amazing,” and his fiancée said, “It’s a new start, which is what we both really need.” SPC Salerno is working toward a PhD in Physical Therapy and plans to assist wounded soldiers at the Veterans Administration hospital in Tampa. "If soldiers tell me they can't do something, I'll be able to tell them, 'I did it. You can, too.'"
Retired Army Sergeant Alfredo “Freddy” Gutierrez, Jr., his wife and two children were provided a home in El Paso, Texas. Sgt. Gutierrez suffered a traumatic brain injury and short-term memory loss following an explosion during a convoy escort mission in Iraq. “The injury affected my ability to help others, and I had to resign my commission,” he said. Three year later he continues his recovery, and is currently enrolled in classes at a local community college, toward his goal to be a medical information technician helping other soldiers.
Retired U.S. Army Sergeant Tobias Green was surprised with the presentation of the key to an Arlington, Texas home for his family of five. The announcement was made during a ceremony at the Nov. 18 National Football League game at the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium. Sgt. Green, a field artillery tactical data systems specialist, served 13 years and completed two tours in Iraq, where he suffered injuries in combat. He said the property will be the family’s first home, and expressed appreciation that its location is near facilities where he continues his rehabilitation.
The commitment to donate properties for injured military veterans and first responders represents the bank’s established framework of community revitalization initiatives, including property donations made through nonprofit organizations to support community development, the environment, disaster relief and other needs.