|On Veterans Day, with our partners at U.S. Bank, we honored four wounded veterans by moving them into four newly renovated, mortgage free homes!|
These homes offer stability for warriors who have traveled to the most dangerous areas of the world to defend our country. They also help our troops heal from the terrible wounds suffered in battle.
Here are the heroes we honored this Veterans Day, November 11:
Mark Bricker, Sergeant, U.S. Army
Mark enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2005 and served for five years with two dangerous deployments. He completed Basic Training and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia and was later stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Mark works as a field technician for an engineering consulting firm and continues to rehabilitate from post-traumatic stress and other combat-related injuries. Mark is the recipient of multiple awards for his service, including a Combat Infantryman Badge, Jump Master Badge Certificate and an Army Commendation Medal. He will receive a mortgage-free home in Cleveland, Ohio after moving from Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Ed Hawk, Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, (Ret.)
Ed enlisted in the Army at 18-years-old; completed the Ranger Indoctrination Program and was selected for the 1st Ranger Battalion. His first of many deployments was Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in Iraq. He is a Purple Heart recipient and retired after 21 years of service. Ed and his wife Amy have served as foster parents and adopted three foster children. They will receive a mortgage-free home in Owensboro, Kentucky.
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Todd O’Neal, U.S. Army Specialist
Todd enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2006 and served two combat deployments, one in a village near Iraq and another in Baghdad. Exposure to improvised explosive device (IED) blasts left him with a traumatic brain injury. He now receives treatment for post-traumatic stress and other combat-related injuries. He also received multiple service awards: the Combat Infantryman Badge, Army Good Conduct Medal and an Army Commendation Medal, among others.
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Bryan Schrader, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, (Ret.)
At age 18, Bryan enlisted in the U.S. Army and served our country with distinction for 22 years. Bryan and his unit were deployed to Afghanistan within days of the terrorist attack in 2001. In 2007, Bryan was involved in a near-fatal parachuting accident that left him with a traumatic brain injury and many other injuries that still impact him today. Bryan returned to duty as an instructor until medically retired in 2014. Bryan will re-locate to Ohio where he will be closer to family and the specialized medical care he needs.
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