COLUMBIA (WACH) ?? Bank of America has donated more than 800 homes to military veterans and first responders via nonprofit organizations.Bank of America expects to reach its goal of 1,000 property donations a year ahead of schedule.
Army Sergeant James Miller and his family received keys to a mortgage-free home in a surprise ceremony in Victorville, Calif. today through the program.
??This weekend, as Americans pay tribute to those who have served and sacrificed for their country, we are honored to continue our support of veterans and their families through this unique home donation program,?? said Ron Sturzenegger, Legacy Asset Servicing executive for Bank of America. ??These donations help veterans like Sergeant Miller and his family build a strong foundation for their future, while improving communities across the country.??
Sergeant Miller enlisted in the army at 17 with parental release. He has participated in numerous campaigns and received multiple decorations including the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in Afghanistan. Sergeant Miller and his wife have four children.
Bank of America partners with organizations that work closely with military veterans and their families to identify needs, such as housing. These organizations include Military Warriors Support Foundation, Operation Homefront, Purple Heart Homes, Homestrong USA, Habitat for Humanity, and the National Community Stabilization Trust.