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Purple Heart Veteran Receives Two Huge Holiday Surprises

Operation Homefront awarded a mortgage-free home to U.S. Marine Corporal Robert Hamilton III through Operation Homefront’s Homes on the Homefront program. The home was donated by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

After the home was presented, Jordan Phillips, on behalf of Masahiro Moro, president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations (MNAO), surprised Robert and his family with keys to a new Mazda CX-5. The vehicle was gifted to the family free of charge; with all expenses, including tax, title, and registration covered by MNAO and JP Morgan Chase & Co. In addition, their local dealership, Premier Mazda, pledged to support the vehicle with complimentary maintenance for the next two years.

“Thank you, Operation Homefront and Chase,” said Robert. “This is great – it’s amazing that we are going to have long term stability. We are so humbled and it’s a huge blessing.”

“We are able to pursue our dreams and have a home mortgage-free,” added Robert. “Health wise – I am doing alright, there will be a point where I am not going to be able to work anymore and having this home will allow me to care for my family and look towards a healthy future lifestyle.”

“People like Robert continue to remind us of the great impact just one person can make on our society,” said Masahiro Moro, president and CEO of MNAO. “Robert and his family have given so much to our country, and so we feel fortunate to have the opportunity to give back to them. We hope this new Mazda CX-5 allows them to truly enjoy the next stage in their life journey.”

Born in York, Pennsylvania, and growing up in a small town of Lemoyne, Robert joined the Marines in 2008. He served for six years as a rifleman and rose to the rank of corporal. In 2010, he deployed to Afghanistan and was severely wounded while in combat. Robert received a Purple Heart and a Combat Action Ribbon for his service and in 2013, soon after his recovery, he medically retired.

Married for eight years, Robert and his wife, Elizabeth, have a three-year-old son. During Robert’s last year of service, he heard through his medical caseworker about Operation Homefront’s Homes on the Homefront program. Robert saw the perfect home in Kansas for his family near his sister and father-in-law and applied.

His future plans are to seek employment nearby and he looks forward to the big change. Robert’s wife, Elizabeth, will continue her education. Saving money and becoming financially stable will be Robert’s priority.

“We’re very proud to award this home to Robert Hamilton and his family and to recognize his tremendous service to our country,” said Operation Homefront’s Chief Operating Officer, retired U.S. Air Force, Brigadier General Robert Thomas. “We are very grateful for the generous support that our partners, JPMorgan Chase and Mazda, provide Operation Homefront so we can continue to deliver on our mission to build strong, stable, and secure military families.”

"We're honored to take part in this special event with some of our closest partners to celebrate this family's sacrifice to our country through their military service, and support the next steps on their path towards home ownership," said JPMorgan Chase Head of Military and Veterans Affairs Ross A. Brown. "Chase has long been committed to those who have served, including in the housing sector, through dedicated home lending benefits for veterans and our Home Awards program, which has donated more than 950 mortgage-free homes to military families since 2011."

Anyone looking for more information, or to apply can go to www.homesonthehomefront.org.


See more pictures from the event.

Read the full press release.