The spotlight was at half court at the New York Knicks game recently as Chase and Operation Homefront donated a mortgage-free home to Army Specialist Kevin Callaway and his wife Joanna. The home was given as part of our Homes of the Homefrontprogram.
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Kevin Callaway grew up in Fayetteville, N.C. with a childhood dream of serving his country and one day becoming a United States Marshal. He felt that the best way to set himself up for this and begin his service to the country was to join the military, which is why he enlisted in the Army in 2009.
While in the Army, Kevin served as a paratrooper. His primary duties were packing parachutes to prepare Humvees, supplies, and other items to be dropped from cargo planes. His position was an invaluable one in supporting service members on the ground.
Following his service to the country, Kevin and his wife Joanna have been living in a small townhouse in the Fayetteville area. The living area was a bit small, but got much smaller when their third child was born in December.
The Callaway family has been selected to receive a mortgage-free home as a qualified veteran through the Homes on the Homefront program in their hometown of Fayetteville, N.C. Their new home will provide them space for the family to spread out, while also giving the family some much needed stability.
"The new home is such a huge relief to us," said Kevin. "With our new baby boy, the added space is going to be extremely helpful for our family. This will be the first time that we will have a yard for the kids to play in, and now we won't have to worry about a mortgage. We are extremely grateful for everything that Operation Homefront and Chase have done."
Kevin grew up as a New York Knicks fan, so the news only got better when he found that he would be invited to a Knicks game as a special guest of Operation Homefront, Chase, and the team.
"I lived in New York for a short time when I was younger, and became a huge Knicks fan," said Kevin. "It is crazy to be able to experience a game at Madison Square Garden on top of all of the other great news."
Both Kevin and Joanna are currently going back to school. While his childhood dreams have changed, Kevin has decided to serve in a different matter. He is currently a student at Grace College of Divinity, with hopes of becoming a minister. Joanna is currently to school for psychology to become a marriage counselor.
Pictured: Mike Canders, a retired colonel and representative from Chase and Laura Fredricks, Operation Homefront (far right), present the Callaways with their new home at the New York Knicks game.