New York, NY, October 17, 2011— An American war veteran and his son received the keys to a mortgage-free home—donated by the Military Warriors Support Foundation and provided by Chase–during the New York Jets game at MetLife Stadium against the Miami Dolphins Oct. 17. Nate Herman, JPMorgan Chase Executive Director of the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, presented a symbolic key to U.S. Army Sergeant First Class (Ret.) Jacob "Jake" Finger and his son, Keanu, during the nationally-televised Monday Night Football Game.
Hailing from Northglenn, CO, Finger joined the Army in 1996 at the urging of his twin sister who also enlisted. After serving in Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo, he served stateside in Fort Stewart, GA and Fort Carson, CO before being deployed to Kuwait to guard the Iraqi border under Operation Enduring Freedom. In April 2003, he entered Iraq under Operation Iraqi Freedom.
While serving in Iraq, Finger was involved in combat operations in Tikrit, Samarra, Kurku, Mosul and Ad Whar. While on a routine patrol in 2006, his vehicle was destroyed in an IED attack. The blast destroyed the rear of the vehicle, spraying hot fuel throughout the ventilation system and propelling the rear antennae into his right arm. The blast caused his head to go through the bullet-proof windshield. He suffers from serious head injuries and nerve damage. Finger earned the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, four Army Commendations and other distinguished awards.
Sgt. Finger, a single father of an 11-year-old son, hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in neuropsychology to help others who are dealing with seizures and traumatic brain injuries as well as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. Jake and Keanu have been awarded a home in Centennial, CO.
"Chase recognizes the tremendous sacrifices our military members and their families have made for our nation," stated Herman. "Jake Finger 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 provided 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 $2.8 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.