Property donations continue to help veterans, while stabilizing neighborhoods

Apr 01, 2013

Bank of America continues to progress in its commitment to provide up to 1,000 homes nationwide through property donations to military veteran-support charities and other non-profit, community-based organizations. The donations are part of the bank’s efforts to help revitalize communities and support the housing needs of those who have served and sacrificed for our nation.

Recently, five homes were provided to service members and their families in four states.

Army Staff Sergeant Chris Maust and his 7-year-old son will reside in a Richmond, Texas home made available through the bank’s partnership with Texas Sentinels Foundation. Sgt. Maust served 12 years in the U.S. Army, and while in Iraq on his fifth deployment was injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) which resulted in brain, neck, knee and shoulder injuries. He also has been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Touring the home for the first time, Sgt. Maust was overwhelmed. “This is unreal. I’m trying to keep my hands from shaking,” he said.

Army Staff Sergeant Chris Maust speaks to the crowd welcoming him to his new home in Richmond, Texas, which was donated by Bank of America and Texas Sentinels Foundation. At a housewarming celebration in February, Hesperia, Calif. Mayor Pro Tem Thurston Smith said that in addition to helping servicemembers and their families, “It’s also nice for the neighbors to know there is not an empty house sitting next to them.”

HomeStrong USA also worked with Bank of America to award a home to Retired Navy Hospital Corpsman Steven Yoshimi, who served from 1971-1975, including a tour as a corpsman on the USS Midway in the Tonkin Gulf, off the coast of northern Vietnam. Despite struggling with subsequent health problems, he serves as a pastor and, with his wife, is raising their young grandson. The family received a home in Yucca Valley, California. Additionally, two homes were awarded to injured veterans through the bank’s partnership with Military Warriors Support Foundation:

Retired Army Sergeant Adam Egli, who served as an infantryman from 2004-2009, was injured during deployment to Iraq in an explosion that killed three others in his vehicle. Sgt. Egli’s wife is a member of the Air Force Reserves. The couple and their three children received a home in Dacula, Georgia.

Navy Sergeant Jonathon Davis served from 2003-2007 and completed three tours in Iraq, where he incurred combat-related shrapnel wounds from mortar fire. Sgt. Davis and his family will move into a home in Hayden, Alaska.

“It is a privilege to make a meaningful difference in the lives of servicemembers and their families,” said Bank of America Executive, Rene Johnson. “Bank of America volunteers who participate in these property donation events are bright examples of our long-standing tradition of supporting our troops and our commitment to make relationships more human.”

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