Tim McGraw is continuing his HomeFront program by awarding mortgage-free homes to military veterans and their families. The highlight of his kickoff concert in Birmingham last week was the presentation of a mortgage-free home to USMC Lance Corporal Karl Hawkins. Hawkins received his home through McGraw's efforts, Chase and our Homes on the Homfront program.
Last year, McGraw teamed up with Chase and Operation Homefront to launch the program which has awarded over 30 newly renovated mortgage-free homes provided by Chase to deserving military families so far. This summer, McGraw, Chase and Operation Homefront will double that number by awarding a home at each of his 31 tour stops. McGraw has a long history and deep interest in supporting veterans and military families and wanted to find another way to honor our veterans and give back to them for their commitment and service to our country.
Read the full press release from McGraw.
See more pictures of McGraw's meet and greets with military and veteran families.
Learn more about Karl Hawkins:
Karl Hawkins was born and raised in Chicago. The son of a Vietnam veteran, Karl had always known of the importance of service, but his own path to service was unclear at an early age. After his high school graduation, Karl went to University of Southern Illinois, where he played basketball for the school while studying foreign policy, with a minor in communications.
Karl spent two years in college before joining AmeriCorps to assist others while he decided what he wanted to do in life. After his time with AmeriCorps, he went back to school for a couple of semesters. Karl’s father had spent time speaking with his son about the military and how he could benefit from serving, so shortly after his father’s passing in 2007, Karl joined the Marine Corps.
Serving as a field wireman, Karl was stationed in California at Camp Pendleton and 29 Palms. He also performed one tour of duty in Iraq. He returned home safely, but shortly after his return he grew very ill and was eventually medically retired from service.
Karl and his wife Dionicia currently live in a one bedroom apartment in Antioch, Tenn. The smaller living arrangement has made it tough for the couple to focus on children and growing as a family, but in March of 2013, the family received word that they were selected to receive a mortgage-free home in Christiana through Operation Homefront’s Homes on the Homefront program. The new home will give the couple more space to grow and also put them closer to family for support.
“The home is a tremendous blessing,” said Karl. “We will finally have a place that we can call home. It is going to be a tremendous help because it will not only provide us with some financial stability, but we will also be able to spend more time with family, and hopefully be able to focus on having children.”
Karl is currently planning on going back to school to finish his degree, and Dionicia hopes that her wedding planning business picks up after their move to the new area.