New York, NY – An American war hero and his family received the keys to a mortgage-free home—provided by the Military Warriors Support Foundation and donated by Chase—during the New York Jets regular season opener at MetLife Stadium against the Dallas Cowboys Sept.11. Frank Bisignano, JPMorgan Chase Chief Administrative Officer and Mortgage Bank CEO, presented a symbolic key to Sergeant First Class David Calhoun, his wife and two football-loving sons before a sell-out crowd during the nationally-televised NBC Sunday Night Football game.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Calhoun first enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1985. His military career spanned three decades and included tours in Desert Storm, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. He has earned three Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star with Valor, six Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals and many others.
In 2003, Sergeant Calhoun saved Lieutenant John Pruden after the Humvee they were traveling in was hit by a roadside bomb in Baghdad, Iraq. In spite of losing his knee caps and being showered with shrapnel, Calhoun pulled Pruden from the burning vehicle, applied tourniquets on his legs and carried him to an Army vehicle traveling 50 feet behind. Since that incident in Baghdad, Calhoun and Pruden have become lifelong friends. Now they will become neighbors as David and his family move to their new home in Ocala, Florida near Pruden's Gainesville residence.
"Chase recognizes the tremendous sacrifices our military members and their families have made for our nation," stated Bisignano. "David Calhoun and all who have served have placed a high value on protecting home and family by defending us. We feel privileged to provide this home as a way of expressing our thanks for his service."
Since early 2010, Chase has donated homes to the MWSF's Homes4Wounded Heroes program. The homes, for families who have severe or unique circumstances due to their injuries while serving our country, typically are valued between $150,000 and $200,000. Chase inspects and renovates the homes, investing up to $50,000 for paint, carpet, appliances, landscaping and accessibility options.
"With support from Chase, the Military Warriors Support Foundation can help America's heroes and their families make a fresh start in homes of their own," said retired Army Lt. Gen. Leroy Sisco, MWSF Founder and CEO. "Veterans who sustained severe injuries while serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan deserve more than our thanks. That's why we provide homes and counseling to help the transition to civilian life."
About Military Warriors Support Foundation
The Military Warriors Support Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting combat wounded veterans during their transition to civilian life. MWSF's signature programs include Homes4WoundedHeroes, awarding mortgage-free homes to those injured during combat in Iraq and Afghanistan; CEOs4Heroes, partnering with corporations that provide employment opportunities for veterans; Skills4Life, providing mentoring and Education4Heroes, offering scholarships and education counseling. For more information, visit MilitaryWarriors.org.
Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.2 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. Chase serves consumers and small businesses through 5,200 bank branches, 16,200 ATMs, mortgage offices, and online and mobile banking as well as through relationships with auto dealerships and schools and universities. Chase also has issued more than 90 million credit cards. More information about Chase is available at www.chase.com.