TAMPA, Florida – A local U.S. Army veteran and his family received the news of a lifetime this Christmas. They were chosen to receive a brand-new mortgage-free home in Land O’Lakes, Florida, donated by PulteGroup through the company’s Built to Honor program in partnership with nonprofit Operation FINALLY HOME.
Retired U.S. Army Sergeant Javier Torres was severely injured while deployed in Afghanistan in 2004. His platoon was ambushed, and his HUMVEE was hit by a rocket propelled grenade. He was shot three times during the firefight and his fellow soldiers protected him before he was eventually medevacked. For his service, he was awarded several honors including the Purple Heart.
Torres, his wife Stephanie, and their four daughters currently live in an apartment in Land O’Lakes. Torres continues to suffer from PTSD and other challenges related to his gunshot wounds which has made it a difficult journey for him and his family. They have dreamed of owning their own home for a long time where they could raise their family and establish a positive support system for Javier.
“We just want to have a place to call our own, where our family can grow without having to move constantly,” said Torres.
PulteGroup’s West Florida division surprised the family on Tuesday, December 22, notifying them via video conference that they would be building the Torres family a home from the ground up in their Arden Preserve community located in Land O’Lakes. The single-story home will include four bedrooms and three bathrooms with more than 2,100 square feet. Pulte will break ground on the home in the new year and expect to deliver it to the Torres family in early summer.
“It is a privilege for Pulte employees, along with our trade partners and suppliers, to be able to give back to our nation’s veterans in a meaningful way,” said Sean Strickler, President of Pulte’s West Florida division. “Javier, Stephanie and their beautiful family are so deserving of this gift. We look forward to working with them as we build this home to meet their needs and help them begin to create wonderful new memories in this next chapter of their lives.”
The Torres family worked closely with Operation FINALY HOME, which partners with builders like PulteGroup to provide homes and home modifications to America’s military heroes and first responders.
“We are extremely grateful to PulteGroup and their Built to Honor program for supporting our veterans and military families with mortgage-free homes,” said Rusty Carroll, executive director of Operation FINALLY HOME. “We’re humbled to work with this organization to fulfill the Torres’ dream of owning a home.”
PulteGroup’s Built to Honor program was launched in 2013 to recognize and thank returning military personnel who have been injured during their term of service by providing mortgage-free homes to veterans and their families. Built to Honor works in partnership with nonprofit organizations to identify veteran candidates. This will be the West Florida division’s fourth home being provided in the Tampa Bay area since 2015.
Since 2013, the Built to Honor program has delivered homes to more than 55 veterans and their families as they transition out of the military and into a new phase of their lives. As a top homebuilder, providing a home is the best way for PulteGroup to give back to the nation’s service members.
About Built to Honor®: PulteGroup’s Built to Honor® program recognizes and thanks returning military personnel who have been injured during their term of service by providing mortgage-free homes to veterans and their families. Launched in 2013, the program has built and donated more than 55 homes across the country. Built to Honor works in partnership with nonprofit organizations to identify veteran candidates. For more information about Built to Honor, go to http://builttohonor.org. Follow Built to Honor on Twitter: @BuiltToHonor and Facebook.com/BuiltToHonor.
About PulteGroup: PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), based in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of America’s largest homebuilding companies with operations in 40 markets throughout the country. Through its brand portfolio that includes Centex, Pulte Homes, Del Webb, DiVosta Homes, American West and John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, the company is one of the industry’s most versatile homebuilders able to meet the needs of multiple buyer groups and respond to changing consumer demand. PulteGroup’s purpose is building incredible places where people can live their dreams.
For more information about PulteGroup, Inc. and PulteGroup brands, go to pultegroupinc.com; www.pulte.com; www.centex.com; www.delwebb.com; www.divosta.com and www.jwhomes.com. Follow PulteGroup, Inc. on Twitter: @PulteGroupNews.
About Operation FINALLY HOME | Based in New Braunfels, Texas, Operation FINALLY HOME was established in 2005 as a nonpartisan/nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to provide homes and home modifications to America’s military heroes, first responders and widows of the fallen. In 2020, Operation FINALLY HOME is celebrating 15 years honoring heroes with homes, and recently launched its 200th project. Operation FINALLY HOME partners with corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, remodelers, developers, individual contributors and volunteers to help these heroes and their families by addressing one of their most pressing needs – a place to call home. For more information about Operation FINALLY HOME, visit OperationFINALLYHOME.org, follow @OpFINALLYHOME on Twitter and find us on Facebook.