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Deserving military family receives gift of a mortgage-free home

May 29, 2019
By MELISSA BILL (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Yancy Green and his wife Tiffany Rush-Green were presented with a mortgage-free home courtesy of Building Homes for Heroes and JPMorgan Chase & Company last Wednesday.

Cpl. Green and his wife were surprised when they stepped out of the car to find a warm welcome to their new home from local first responders, veterans and neighbors in the community.

"We could have never dreamed of having such a welcome, a welcome we never even received back in our home in Arizona," Rush-Green said.

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U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Yancy Green and his wife Tiffany Rush-Green were presented with a mortgage-free home courtesy of Building Homes for Heroes and JPMorgan Chase & Company on May 22.

MELISSA BILL

According to Rush-Green, the couple was elated to find out that they were chosen.

"A friend told me about Building Homes for Heroes and we filled out an application online. Then three months ago we found out that we would be blessed with a new home." Rush-Green said.

Yancy Green served in Iraq several times and received several awards in service to his country, including the Rifle Sharpshooter Badge, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and Presidential Unit Citation.

During a 2003 deployment mission in Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom, Cpl. Green and his unit faced significant combat action. One day, his vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device, which caused hearing loss, tinnitus, brain damage, Irlen syndrome (where the brain has difficulty processing information), and knee and shoulder injuries.

His years of combat also caused extreme PTSD and depression, which makes some days a challenge.

"I'm hopeful that now my husband can start healing and living his life," Rush-Green said.

The couple is making a move from Arizona, where the desert triggers memories of the past for Yancy.

"It's a big move but we are excited about the change. My husband likes to fish and we look forward to making new friends," Rush-Green said.

The Green family's new home was made possible by sponsors including: Building Homes for Heroes, JPMorgan Chase, Kwik Set Lock, York Heating and Air; The Department of Economic Opportunity, Karpus Family Foundation and Advance Auto Parts who has donated more than $8.9 million to the Building Homes for Heroes cause.

According to Building Homes for Heroes, veterans can apply for the program if they meet the following criteria: Do not currently own land; were honorably discharged; and suffered a service-related injury post-911.

To learn more about the organization, visit www.buildinghomesforheroes.org.

 
 

 

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