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Veteran Helps Veteran Raise Flag over New Home in Dedication Ceremony

Three people in front of a home

From left to right: Maria Alvarez, Doug Linebaugh and Luis Alvarez stand in front of the Alvarez's new home.

We were able to connect on a personal level, since I am also a disabled veteran.

While looking for an affordable, quality home, disabled veteran Luis Alvarez and his wife found help at a Clayton Home Center from a fellow disabled veteran. Home Consultant Doug “Sarge” Linebaugh understood Luis’ situation from his own personal experience in the military and was able to help the Alvarez family find their dream home.

“Right away, I hit it off with Luis and Maria,” Linebaugh said. “We were able to connect on a personal level, since I am also a disabled veteran.”

However, the Alvarez-Linebaugh relationship didn’t end with the signing of a purchase agreement. Luis asked Doug to be a guest of honor at a special dedication ceremony.

“The Alvarez family became very dear friends to me,” Linebaugh said. “After they moved into their home, they erected a flag pole in their front yard and invited me to a dedication for Luis’s fallen friends. They asked me to come in military uniform to raise the flag. It was an honor to be included in the Alvarez family’s ceremony."

The Alvarezes dedicated the flag pole to Luis’s seven friends who were killed while serving in Iraq. Luis’s brother and friend, also veterans, were present for the dedication, along with many family and friends. Clayton Homes and Linebaugh continue to carry out the mission of helping American families from all walks of life experience the joy that comes with home ownership.

About Clayton Homes:

Clayton Homes has built more than 1.5 million homes since 1956, winning multiple awards for design and construction. Through its affiliates and family of brands, Clayton Homes builds, sells, finances, leases, and insures manufactured and modular homes, as well as commercial and educational buildings. As the nation’s largest home builder*, Clayton Homes is a vertically integrated Berkshire Hathaway company whose purpose is opening doors to a better life, one home at a time.

*America’s Largest Homebuilder in 2013 as of June 12, 2014 based on a comparison of the number of manufactured homes sold to the number of site-built homes sold as reported by builderonline.com, and the number of manufactured homes shipped as compared to all other manufactured home manufacturers as reported by the Manufactured Home Institute.

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