A local U.S. Army veteran and his family received the surprise of their life on Monday.
They were announced as the recipients of a brand-new mortgage-free home in St. Cloud, donated by PulteGroup through the company’s Built to Honor program in partnership with nonprofit Operation Homefront.
During the Osceola County Commission meeting on Monday, Army veteran Andrew Inman was recognized and honored for his military service along with his family. He was announced as the
recipient of a four-bedroom, single-family home that will be built by PulteGroup’s North Florida division. The family will move into the home in the fall, just in time for the holidays.
“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 Clint Ball, president of the North Florida division. “Andrew Inman, his wife and daughters are so deserving of this new home. We look forward to working with the Inmans as we build this home to meet their family’s needs and help them begin to create wonderful new memories in this next chapter of their lives.”
As a young child, Inman did not have a stable home environment. His family constantly moved between Oregon, Washington and Nevada. Now, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, he worried that his family would not have a home. Inman and his wife, Erin, have been married for 13 years and have two daughters. He served nine years in the military. He enlisted in the Marines in 1997 and served for five years until 2002. One year later, he enlisted in the Army and served two tours to Iraq, where he served as a specialist. In 2006, Andrew was honorably discharged.
“Owning a home will be a start of a legacy for me,” said Inman. “It’s also going to provide financial stability. Our main goal was to be homeowners. We wanted a home to call our own and for our children to grow up in, go to college, and then come back and not have to worry about struggling or moving to another place. We are grateful to Operation Homefront and PulteGroup for this wonderful opportunity — it will be emotional and life-changing.”
The Inman family was accepted into Operation Homefront’s Homes on the Homefront program, which provides veterans and their families the opportunity to move into a home and work directly with housing caseworkers and financial counselors to prepare for home ownership.
Upon successful graduation from the program, the family will receive the deed to the home.
“We are extremely grateful to PulteGroup and their Built to Honor program for supporting our veterans and military families with mortgage-free homes,” said Brig. Gen. (ret.) Robert Thomas, chief operating officer of Operation Homefront. “We are excited to provide the Inman family a home that will create life-changing financial stability, and relief from the burden of a decades long mortgage. At Operation Homefront, we are changing lives by partnering with like-minded individuals, companies, and other organizations to accomplish our mission of building strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive – not struggle to get by – in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.”
Anyone looking for more information about the Homes on the Homefront program, or to apply, can go to www.homesonthehomefront.org.