Moline, IL (Oct. 9, 2011) – A wounded American war veteran received the keys to a mortgage-free home—provided by the Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF) and donated by Chase—at the A Call to Remembrance Concert on Oct. 8. Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Leroy Sisco, CEO and Founder of the Military Warriors Support Foundation, presented a symbolic key to retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Michael G. Brown at the event honoring those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Headlined by Billy Ray Cyrus, the iWireless Center concert featured a special guest appearance by Medal of Honor Recipient Sal Giunta.
Hailing from Chicago, Staff Sgt. Brown enlisted in the Army in Aug. 1997. Following an active duty tour in Kuwait, he joined the Illinois National Guard. He returned to active duty in 2008 and was deployed to Afghanistan. On July 24, 2008, Sgt. Brown was in route to train Afghani police forces in Afghanistan’s Logar Province when his vehicle rolled over an IED. Though all four occupants survived the blast, Sgt. Brown sustained two broken bones in his right arm. His injury caused a 90% loss of deltoid muscle tissue, resulting in limited use of his right hand. While serving his country, he earned the Purple Heart and four Army Achievement Medals.
In his retirement, Sgt. Brown plans to pursue a degree in accounting. Chase and MWSF are working closely with him to find a suitable home in either Chicago, IL or Atlanta, GA.
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 Sisco. “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 5,300 bank branches, 16,400 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.