Operation Homefront was honored to join Chase for another amazing home giveaway. The two organizations awarded a home to U.S. Army Sergeant Robert Simmons at a game for the Tampa Bay Lightning recently, as part of our Homes on the Homefront program.
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Born in Charleston, South Carolina, and raised in Plant City, Florida, Robert had a love for the military. His father served in the Navy and influenced him to continue a family tradition of service. In 1989, Robert enlisted in the Army while he was in high school through the delayed enlistment program. He went through basic training in the summer of his junior year, finished school, and went on to advanced individual training.
Robert served as communications officer and provided training in proper implementation of communication equipment. He served for 10 years and during his term, he was deployed to Korea for one year in 1995. He was honorably discharged in 1999 and later in 2011, he enlisted in the Army Reserves.
Robert and his wife Hilda recently celebrated seven years of marriage. They have three children. Robert works full-time with the City of Tampa and Hilda works at a travel agency. They were renting a small home where space has been an issue for the family of five. Robert heard about the Homes on the Homefront program while in the reserves and applied.
Thanks to Operation Homefront and Chase, Robert will be receiving a mortgage-free home just outside Tampa, Florida. He hopes to spend more time with his family. Currently, Robert works two jobs, so he plans on not working as many hours. His future plans are to go to school and study electrical engineering.
“I am very grateful,” said Robert. “I am very surprised and appreciative; I never thought this was going to happen. (Our new home) will provide more space and room for my family to live and grow, this will make things a lot better, financially.”