Gala celebration to welcome home Army medic & family to Riverview
Riverview, Fla. (Sept. 10, 2014) – Building Homes for Heroes® is proud to announce a homecoming celebration to welcome Army Staff Sergeant Visala Tui, wife Emma, and their four children to their beautiful, mortgage-free home at 11414 Bridge Pine Dr. Riverview, Florida on Saturday, September 13th at 10:00 am. The home is provided by Chase Bank as part of a partnership with Building Homes for Heroes.
Joining in the festive celebration will be military personnel, members of the construction team, state and local dignitaries, community members, corporate sponsors, members of civic organizations, family members and friends, police officers, firefighters, and a parade of fire trucks and vintage automobiles. Refreshments will be served prior the ceremonies, with lunch provided by Tijuana Flats to follow.
SSG Tui joined the military out of American Samoa in 1996 as a Reservist, and transferred to Active Service a year later. He proudly served the country for 14 1/2 years, and carried out tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. As a combat medic, he had exposure to injuries, casualties, and traumatic events. Building Homes for Heroes® is honored to assist a hero who helped so many combat-wounded men and women.
Among the commendations SSG Tui received are the Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/Campaign Star, Army Commendation Medal (5th award), Army Achievement Medal (5th award), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, and the Iraq Campaign Medal w/Campaign Star.
In addition to the home, Building Homes for Heroes® will provide SSG Tui and his family with financial planning and other support to ensure that they are successful homeowners and establish a solid foundation for the future. Building Homes for Heroes® expects to gift a minimum of 20 homes in the state of Florida over the next 12 months.
ABOUT BUILDING HOMES FOR HEROES: Building Homes for Heroes® is strongly committed to rebuilding lives and supporting the brave men and women who were injured while serving the country during the time of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. The organization builds or modifies homes, and gifts them, mortgage-free, to veterans and their families. It’s our honor to support the men and women who have loyally and courageously served our country.
For more information on this celebration, please call 516-684-9220 or visit the organization’s website at www.buildinghomesforheroes.org. For media inquiries, ask for Andy Pujol.