Pulte Homes, in collaboration with Operation Finally Home and Valley contractors, is building a new home in Surprise for a local veteran.
U.S. Army Specialist Phillip Martin and his family learned of the new home donation on Aug. 30 at the Dobson High School season-opening football game in Mesa.
Martin is a graduate of Dobson High School.
“Phillip Martin has served our country with pride and we hope this new home will help ease his struggles and provide his family many future happy memories,” said John Chadwick, president of PulteGroup’s Southwest Area. “Pulte Homes is honored to participate with Operation Finally Home to help put this brave veteran and his family in a better place.”
Pulte Homes and local contractors, vendors and housing partners are donating the labor and materials for the new 1,997-square foot home.
“Inspired by 9/11, Martin joined the service in 2007 and served in Afghanistan. He was injured on two occasions by IED explosions and mortar attacks that left him in need of multiple surgeries. While placed in the Wounded Warrior Brigade in Texas, he was one of the first responders to the Fort Hood shootings. He currently works with the Phoenix Fire Department on first responder training.
With the surprise announcement made, Pulte will work with the family to customize the home and address their special needs so that they can move into the single family home in early 2014.
Martin, 23, his wife Audrey and their 11-month-old daughter Eden applied for the new home through Operation Finally Home, an organization that works to provide mortgage-free homes to wounded and disabled veterans in an effort to get their lives back on track and become productive members of their communities.
Now on permanent disability, Martin has been awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Security Defense Medal, Army Achievement Medal and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
PulteGroup, which builds new homes under its Pulte Homes, Del Webb and Centex brands in Arizona, is donating the lot and construction of the home and is coordinating the donation of all materials and labor.
The three-bedroom, two-bath home is in Desert Oasis by Pulte Homes in Surprise, a new community that features large home sites, community pool and scenic walking trails and green belts.