It was a night to remember for U.S. Marine Corps Corporal David Bravo and his family as they were awarded a mortgage-free home at an Orlando Magic gave thanks to our friends at Chase. The home was awarded as part of our Homes on the Homefront program where more than 550 families have received mortage-e free homes, making the American dream a reality for them. Watch a video of the exciting award!
Learn more about Corporal David Bravo:
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, David Bravo’s talents were set on skills, mind-set, and testing of the limits. In sixth-grade, he and his family moved to Tampa, Florida. After living there for several years, he wanted to pursue a life that would improve himself. The concept of being a Marine entered his mind and in 2011, he enlisted in the Marine Corps.
David met his wife Claudia while attending high school in Florida. She served in the Marine Corps for four years and he served in the Marines for five years. As an air defense controller, David rose the rank of corporal. He directed fighter aircrafts with coordination and employment of surface-to-air missiles. David also conducted surveillance, tactical air traffic control, data link coordination and other air support. He had one deployment to Afghanistan in 2012. In 2016, he was honorably discharged.
David and Claudia are now married and have two children; Francisco, 3, and Annaliese, 8 months. For the past year, they have been living in Town and Country, Florida renting a two-bedroom, 800 square-foot apartment. They moved to Florida after leaving the military at the same time but had no transitional plan. Homes in Florida are expensive and the cost of living is high. David and Claudia looked for housing, but can’t afford a home on their current budget. A colleague of Claudia told her about Operation Homefront’s Homes on the Homefront program. Claudia also saw the Homes on the Homefront program on Facebook and applied for a home nearby.
Thanks to Operation Homefront and Chase, David will receive a mortgage-free home in Riverview, Florida. His plans in the future are to finish his degree in information technology. He is attending Hillsboro Community College and wants to pursue career in network systems. His wife, Claudia, wants to be a pediatrician and having a mortgage-free home will help her achieve that goal.
“It’s a huge contribution and step,” said David. “We would not be able be future homeowners without Operation Homefront and Chase,”
“This is going to help us in every way imaginable,” added David. “It is going to provide stability for my family and more space for my kids. We are going to be able to advance in our careers – it is awesome.”