Boerne, TX (Oct. 3, 2011) – A wounded American war hero received the keys to a mortgage-free home–provided by the Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF) and donated by Chase–at the 2011 MWSF Gala and Golf Tournament Oct. 2. Jay F. Clingman III, chairman of JPMorgan Chase in San Antonio, presented a symbolic key to retired U.S. Army Sgt. John David Hyland at the nonprofit’s annual fundraiser at the Clubs of Cordillera Ranch here.
Hailing from Charlotte, N.C., Sgt. Hyland enlisted in the Army in Feb. 2005 to fight the war on terror and was deployed to Iraq in Oct. 2006 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. On Sept. 10, 2007, Sgt. Hyland was on a rescue mission when his vehicle was struck by an IED. He suffered injuries to both of his legs, pelvis and spine, ultimately losing his left leg below the knee. He has earned the Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze star, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal as well as the Army Service and Overseas Service Ribbons.
Sgt. Hyland is the single father of two boys, Hunter, 11 and Wyatt, 6. In addition to raising his two sons, he spends time volunteering for various wounded warrior programs to ensure he “pays it forward” in support of those like himself. Prior to joining the military, he studied music and the opera. Since his injury, he has rekindled his passion for singing. Last year he represented his fellow soldiers by singing the national anthem at NASCAR’s Coke 600 in his hometown of Charlotte.
Chase and MWSF are working closely with Sgt. Hyland to find a suitable home for him and his family in the San Antonio area.
“Chase recognizes the tremendous sacrifices of our nation’s men and women in uniform and their families,” stated Clingman. “Providing homes to deserving veterans like John is one way to honor their service and say 'thank you’ for helping preserve our freedom.”
Since early 2010, Chase has donated mortgage-free 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, are typically 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 mentoring 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.