CHARLOTTE, N.C. (PRWEB) October 29, 2012
The Champion built home that was manufactured as part of the House United program in partnership with Craftsman, NextGen Home, Bank of America, Rebuilding Together, Sears Heroes at Home, and with assistance from DIY expert Ty Pennington, during the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, was given to Sgt. John Jones II, a U.S. Army veteran, on October 17.
The home was manufactured at Champion’s Salisbury, N.C. facility, and placed in Charlotte’s Belmont neighborhood. Half of the home was finished in Tampa, Fla. during the RNC on Aug. 28 and the other half was finished in Charlotte, N.C. on Sept. 3 during the DNC. State delegates from both conventions hammered nails and painted alongside Pennington and volunteers from Champion and the partnering organizations.
"This house is a physical reminder of the positive legacy that both conventions leave behind and the power of what we can achieve when we work together," said Charlotte Mayor, Anthony Foxx. "I'd like to thank all the sponsors and all the volunteers in Charlotte and Tampa who worked to build this house, and on behalf of the City of Charlotte, I'd like to be the first to welcome Sgt. John Jones II and his family to their new home."
After completing his military service, Jones, his wife Tanisha, and their three children relocated from Goldsboro to Charlotte where they initially found themselves homeless. With assistance from the American Legion, the Jones family was able to secure rental housing and assistance from the State. Jones cannot currently work because of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but is receiving treatment to be able to someday return to work. He receives disability assistance from the Veterans Administration.
"Champion is incredibly proud that both the nation’s corporate community and elected officials came together to support the House United program,” said Jack Lawless, CEO of Champion Home Builders. “Our military veterans and their families are some of the most deserving people in our nation. With each deployment and assignment, they give up a part of their life for our freedom and way of life. Being a part of House United and having the opportunity to donate a beautiful home to John and his family is an honor for Champion and our affiliated retailers across the country.”
Jones served in the Army from 2000-2010. During his service, he was deployed on two tours of duty in the Middle East – Kuwait in 2003/2004 and Iraq in 2006/2007 – where he served as a Water Craft Operator. In this role, Jones was responsible for the transportation of troops and supplies via sea vessels, he also helped to build bridges. The ravages of war during his deployments resulted in PTSD and severe migraines. Jones also sustained respiratory injuries due to the smoke from oil wells as well as burns and rashes from sun exposure.
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