Dallas, TX (Sept. 27, 2011) – U.S. Army Sgt. Chaka Hughes received the keys to a mortgage-free home donated by the Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF) and provided by Chase.
Hailing from Shreveport, La., Sgt. Hughes enlisted in the Army on August 23, 2001—the day before her 19th birthday—to provide a better life for her younger sister whom she was raising. Hughes' service includes overseas assignments in Korea and Iraq. She has earned the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Korean Defense Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal as well as the Overseas Service Ribbon.
While Sgt. Hughes was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2007, her five-vehicle convoy was ambushed. After the lead vehicle was hit by an IED, Sgt. Hughes and the others in her unit rallied to clear the route and pull the soldiers out of harm's way. Hughes was one of four soldiers injured in the attack.
The single mother of a five-year-old son, Sgt. Hughes will soon make her home in Quinlan, Texas.
"I am so proud to be part of an organization like Chase that recognizes the tremendous sacrifices of those serving in the armed forces," stated Maureen Casey, executive director of JPMorgan Chase's Office of Military and Veterans Affairs. "Providing homes to deserving veterans like Chaka is one small way to say 'thank you' for helping to ensure our freedom."
Chase has donated mortgage-free homes to the MWSF's Homes4Wounded Heroes program since early 2010. 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 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.