Operation Homefront was honored to join Wells Fargo recently at the 4th Annual Celebrate America’s Military Golf Classic in San Antonio, TX and award a mortgage-free home to U.S. Army Specialist Danielle Vickerstaff and his family. The golf event was held as part of a fundraiser to benefit Birdies for the Brave. Operation Homefront is one of several charities that receive support from this amazing program supported by the PGA TOUR.
The Vickerstaff family received the home as part of our Homes on the Homefront program. Wells Fargo donates homes to the program as part of a $30 million commitment in property donations to veterans made by Wells Fargo through its Military Affairs program. The program assists service members, veterans and their families by providing sustainable housing, career transition, and customized financial education. Since 2013, Wells Fargo has donated more than 160 properties.
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Born and raised in Auburn, Alabama, Danielle Vickerstaff continued a family tradition when he chose to enter the military. His great grandfather served in both World Wars and his uncle served in Desert Storm as a master sergeant medic. Following in their footsteps, Danielle enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2010.
As a medical logistics specialist, Danielle was responsible for performing inventory, managing medical finances, and issuing Army medical supplies. Danielle was deployed to Korea not long after joining the Army in 2010. He would serve for four years before being honorably discharged in April 2014. He currently resides in the Operation Homefront San Antonio Village and suffers with some physical injuries, post-traumatic stress, and lupus.
Danielle, his wife Ieshia, and their four children moved into the San Antonio Village two years ago on Thanksgiving Day. Before moving into the Villages, they were financially struggling to meet ends and couldn’t renew their apartment lease. With no home to live in, Danielle’s battle buddy told him about Operation Homefront and its various programs.
Thanks to Operation Homefront and Wells Fargo, Danielle and his family will be receiving a mortgage-free home in San Antonio. The transition from the Village to permanent housing will offer the Vickerstaffs a more stable environment to raise their kids. The home also gives Danielle the opportunity to continue his education at San Antonio College. Danielle hopes to transfer to The University of Texas at San Antonio and graduate with a degree in biology within the next two years.
“I would like to thank Operation Homefront and Wells Fargo from the bottom of our hearts,” said Danielle. “They have given my family something that I didn’t have growing up.”
“My kids will be able to achieve more in life because of this home,” added Danielle.