Chase and Operation Homefront were pleased to donate a mortgage-free home to Army veteran and wounded warrior, Scott Baier. The home, located in Pompano Beach, FL, was presented to Baier as part of the Homes on the Homefront program.
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Growing up in Oxford, Ohio, Scott Baier always knew what he wanted to do with his life. His grandfather served his country in WWII, he had two older brothers in the Navy, and one in the Army. Through their stories and his dream of serving his country, at 18 years old, Scott decided to enlist in the Army in 2004.
During his nearly six years in the Army, he was stationed in Friedberg, Germany; Ft. Eustis, Va.; and Ft. Drum, N.Y. He also deployed twice to Iraq. Scott served as a mechanic and crew chief, working on Blackhawk helicopters. During his second deployment, he was injured several times by multiple Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasts, which ultimately led to his medical retirement.
For the last two years, he has lived in with family in the Indianapolis area. In October of 2012, Scott moved to Orlando to pursue another aspiration. He took scuba diving classes and recently finished his dive master qualification. Soon, Scott will be starting the dive instructor course, where he will learn to pass on his knowledge. Diving is extremely important to Scott, as it has become a major part of his rehabilitation from the injuries sustained in combat.
In January, Scott received his new home in Pompano Beach, Fla. through Operation Homefront's Homes on the Homefront program. It was tough for Scott to have his military dreams ended so early, but he has used that as his motivation for his new dreams and goals. The new home will provide Scott with much needed support as he continues to pursue his newfound love for diving.
"It makes me happy every time I go diving," said Scott. "Now that I am moving into the new home, I will be able to continue to dive on a regular basis. It's much better than trying to dive in Ohio. We did a cold water dive up in Ohio on the 30th (of December) and nearly froze, but it was great. The idea that I will be able to live in the new home means that I will not only be in the warmer weather, but I will be able to continue my rehab, and pursue something that I love to do."