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For media inquiries, please contact Jason Moody, Senior Manager, Public Relations at communications@operationhomefront.org or call (210) 549-4653.

Press Release

Purple Heart Veteran Gifted Holiday Surprises: A Mortgage-Free Home and New Mazda CUV
December 14, 2017

Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families, today 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.

“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.”

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.

“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.”

In 2012, Operation Homefront created the Homes on the Homefront program with the assistance of corporate partners to award mortgage-free homes to our nation’s veterans and military families. They have awarded nearly 600 homes to military families nationwide through the program.

Operation Homefront has provided since inception over $60 million dollars in home equity to military families. The homes are donated by bank partners, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and other major financial services companies and home builders.

"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.




JPMorgan Chase’s commitment to service members and veterans:

JPMorgan Chase, a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.5 trillion and operations worldwide, has supported our veterans since before World War I. The Office of Military and Veterans Affairs (MVA), started in 2011, has hired more than 12,000 veterans and facilitated more than 400,000 veteran hires through the Veteran Jobs Mission coalition; awarded more than 950 mortgage-free homes to military families in need; helped 7,700 veterans and military spouses complete 10,500 career certifications through Veterans Career Transition Program at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, which was co-founded and is supported by JPMorgan Chase and Syracuse University.

Learn more at: www.jpmorganchase.com/veterans.


About Mazda:

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, California, and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 600 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at InsideMazda.MazdaUSA.com/Newsroom. Follow MNAO’s social media channels through Twitter and Instagram at @MazdaUSA and Facebook at Facebook.com/Mazda

The Mazda vehicle was donated as part of MNAO’s Mazda Drive for Good program, a charity program created for the sole purpose of giving back to the communities in which Mazda does business. Since its launch in 2013, Mazda has donated more than $18 million to charity and has pledged more than 260,000 charitable service hours. Follow the conversation at #MazdaDrive4Good or MazdaUSA.com/Drive4Good.