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Wells Fargo and Operation Homefront Award First Mortgage-Free Home In South Dakota

Wells Fargo and Operation Homefront were honored to award a veteran a mortgage-free home in Rapid City, making it the first home to be awarded in South Dakota. The home was awarded to Cathlin and Nathan Irvine, both having served in the U.S. Army, as part of our Homes on the Homefront program. 

Learn more about the Irvine family:

Cathlin Irvine was born and raised in Flint, Mich. In the seventh grade, Cathlin was tasked with a school project in which she had to research a university of her choosing. When Cathlin chose to do the project on a military service academy, she never realized that it would completely change her life. Her interest in the military grew and, in 2007, she enlisted in the Army as a medic.

She served at Ft. Bliss in Texas, and it was there that she would meet her husband Nathan. Cathlin and Nathan were stationed in the same company. They would each deploy twice to Iraq, once separately and once together. During their lone deployment together, Cathlin suffered an injury that would end her deployment early.

Nathan left the Army in late 2010 after five years of active service, and two years later Cathlin would also depart the Army. Since leaving the service, Cathlin has trained her own service dog, Ursa, and the couple has returned to school. Nathan is going to school to become an auto mechanic, while Cathlin is working on her degree in the information technology field and hopes to work for the government. Both will graduate in May.

Currently living near family in a rented townhome in Rapids City, S.D., the couple have been looking to settle down in a home of their own. The new home gives the Irvines some welcomed stability in life during uncertain times.

“The new home will relieve a large amount of stress from us about not just where we will live, but being approved for a home of our own in general,” said Cathlin. “It is going to be a huge stress and anxiety relief for us and we are extremely thankful.”

Watch a news broadcast featuring the couple.