Elk Grove, CA, November 2, 2011—Chase once again capitalizes on an opportunity to make a difference in someone's life. In partnership with the Military Warrior Support Foundation (MWSF), Chase donated a home in Elk Grove, CA to U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Philip Newlyn.
On the morning of Wednesday, November 2, 2011 Chase executives and the Mayor of Elk Grove, Steven Detrick met Sergeant Newlyn at the donated property to formally hand over the keys and give him a private tour of his new home. The donation is part of the firm's commitment to military veterans and their families.
Earlier this year Chase committed to awarding 1,000 mortgage-free Homes over the next five years to deserving veterans and their families through nonprofit organizations. To date, Chase has provided 100 percent mortgage-free homes to the Military Warriors Support Foundation to be awarded to wounded veterans and their families and continue to actively seek additional nonprofits to expand our capacity to award homes.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Newlyn was born and raised in California. He first enlisted in the Air Force in 2006 to join the military police. He served two tours in Iraq; first as a detainee guard at Camp Bucca in 2008 and then as a member of the expeditionary security forces in Baghdad in 2009. He has earned the Purple Heart, Combat Action Medal, Meritorious Unit Award, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Iraq Campaign Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
In 2009, Newlyn was injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) hit his right leg. After unsuccessful surgery and limb salvage at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, his right leg was amputated below the knee. He spent a year in physical therapy at Walter Reed learning how to walk before rejoining his unit at Beale Air Force Base in Yuba City, Ca.
After his retirement from the Air Force his year, Newlyn plans to enter Sacramento State University to pursue a degree in history or writing. He hopes to someday teach and aspires to have a positive impact on people. His new home is in Elk Grove, Ca.
Additional firm wide military support efforts include the opening six Chase Homeownership Centers specifically dedicated to serving the military; and hosting ten financial counseling events in 2011 to provide additional assistance for military borrowers who are struggling to maintain home ownership.