MONROE, N.C. – U.S. Army Sergeant Brandon Hunt, his wife, Lauren and their two young boys were all smiles as they got the keys to their new home.
But unlike many others, the Hunt’s new home is mortgage-free.
Sgt. Hunt got the new home thanks to Operation Homefront, a national non-profit that helps provide assistance to military families like the Hunts.
“I can focus on taking care of my family first,” said Hunt, as he walked around the three bedroom home, located on a quiet street in Monroe.
To get the house for the Hunts, Operation Homefront partnered with Wells Fargo.
The bank has made a $30 million commitment to help wounded veterans.
Last year the bank donated 86 properties to veterans worth more than $11 million.
“We can use homes that we have and match with Operation Homefront, and make sure we can be successful in helping somebody that wants to be successful and who has done so much to make sure that we are as safe and sound as we are,” said Kendall Alley, Wells Fargo’s Community Banking Regional President for Charlotte.
Without that help, the Hunts were not sure what was going to happen to them.
“I was praying that I could find a job and be able to pay a mortgage, but I’m still seeking employment. We just moved to the area, so with the mortgage-free home, I won’t have to worry about that now,’ said Sgt. Hunt
Meanwhile the boys and their mom walked through the house looking at what will be their own rooms.
Lauren Hunt couldn’t stop smiling.
“Just so thankful for everything. It’s still just kind of settling in. It’s so hard to believe that we’re blessed with this opportunity,” she said.
Her husband added, “You know moving around in the military, you rent an apartment and nothing ever feels like yours. Now something is finally ours.”