Injured Service Member to Receive Keys to Mortgage-Free Home in Colorado Springs from U.S. Bank, Freedom Alliance and Five Brothers

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United States Army Veteran to Accept New Home Donation on Nov. 19

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“We are really excited about this next stage in our lives,” said McPherson. “The transition allows my family to take advantage of the strong, military roots already planted in the Colorado Springs community, along with great educational opportunities..."

For the third time in 2014, U.S. Bank, in partnership with Freedom Alliance and Five Brothers, are set to donate a home to an injured United States Army veteran. At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, Sgt. Patrick McPherson and his family will be welcomed to their new, mortgage-free home located at 5171 Fossil Butte Drive in Colorado Springs.

McPherson was born and raised in California and currently lives in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. He joined the Army Reserves in 2001 at the age of 24. McPherson’s three deployments and combat-related injuries in the War on Terror have left him a permanently disabled American veteran. While stationed in Iraq, he had the difficult and dangerous assignment of transporting supply convoys from Kuwait to Baghdad, traveling with at least 150 convoys during his deployment.

McPherson was medically retired in August 2012. The severity of his injuries make it difficult for him to participate in activities he once enjoyed. McPherson and his wife, along with their two children, are looking forward to their upcoming move to Colorado Springs.

“We are really excited about this next stage in our lives,” said McPherson. “The transition will allow my family to take advantage of the strong, military roots already planted in the Colorado Springs community, along with great educational opportunities for our children.”

This donation derived from a partnership between U.S. Bank, Freedom Alliance and Five Brothers, a real estate management company that helped renovate the home. Several U.S. Bank officials as well as representatives from Freedom Alliance and Five Brothers will be present to welcome McPherson and his family to their new home, including:

  •     Tom Naughton, regional president for U.S. Bank in Southern Colorado;
  •     Erick Kidd, metropolitan region manager and veteran, U.S. Bank;
  •     Thomas Kilgannon, president of Freedom Alliance; and
  •     Joe Badalamenti, chief executive officer of Five Brothers.

“U.S. Bank is honored to partner with Freedom Alliance to present this home to Sgt. McPherson and his family,” said Tom Naughton, regional president for U.S. Bank in Southern Colorado. “It will be a wonderful Thanksgiving for the McPherson family. U.S. Bank is a strong supporter of the U.S. military and its veterans. U.S. Bank currently employs approximately 2,000 current and former members of the U.S. military, and has been recognized nationally as a top employer for veterans. We are proud to donate homes to wounded veterans where and when we can.”

In addition to partnering with military service organizations such as Freedom Alliance, U.S. Bank supports Guard and Reserve employees through its Proud to Serve program, a company-wide initiative focused on hiring and supporting service members and their families. U.S. Bank hired more than 1,100 veterans between 2012 and 2013. U.S. Bank also received the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award in 2013 for its exceptional support of Guard and Reserve employees, including generous paid time-off policies for veterans and military family members.

McPherson’s home was donated through a partnership with Freedom Alliance and its Heroes to Homeowners program. “We are honored to support and care for our nation’s returning veterans and their families through our national program. The home donations allow us to assist in healing by strengthening our veterans, including Sgt. McPherson, as they transition into their new civilian lives,” said Freedom Alliance President Tom Kilgannon.

About Freedom Alliance
Freedom Alliance is a charitable organization which honors and supports America’s military and their families. Freedom Alliance has awarded $8 million in college scholarships to the children of fallen or disabled service members; shipped more than 100,000 care packages to troops deployed overseas; and spent millions of dollars helping our troops rehabilitate and repair family relationships strained by the wounds of war. Visit http://www.FreedomAlliance.org.

About Five Brothers
Founded in 1967, Five Brothers provides innovative, regulatory-compliant default management solutions that save time, eliminate errors and increase efficiency for commercial and residential mortgage servicers nationwide. Proven on-the-ground field services, experience-based partnering, advanced technology and knowledgeable customer and field service professionals, empower our clients to maximize asset preservation while reducing costs, streamlining operations and optimizing borrower relationships. Visit them at http://www.fivebrms.com.

About U.S. Bank
U.S. Bancorp, with $391 billion in assets as of September 30, 2014, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the 5th largest commercial bank in the United States. The Company operates 3,177 banking offices in 25 states and 5,026 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at http://www.usbank.com.

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