Army Veteran Receives Mortgage-Free Home Donated By Bank, Military Warriors Support Foundation

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Army veteran Rubin Anderson on Thursday received the keys to a mortgage-free home in honor of his military service and sacrifice.

The gift was courtesy of Bank of America and the Military Warriors Support Foundation.

Mayor Andy Berke, representatives from Bank of America and members of the community gathered to honor the retired U.S. Army Sergeant for his service to his country.

The home is in Ooltewah.

Retired Army Sgt. Anderson joined the Army in 2002. He served tours in Kuwait and Iraq where he was recognized for his leadership.
He led a team of 16 to 22 soldiers and was responsible for providing mounted and dismounted patrols for dangerous roads throughout Iraq. In 2006, the truck he was driving was hit by an Improvised explosive device (IED).  He received the Purple Heart along with numerous other awards.

Bank of America recently surpassed its goal to donate 1,000 properties to non-profits supporting military service member families and first responders who have housing needs. The bank works closely with Homestrong U.S.A. and other nonprofit organizations that identify the home recipients and also provide related services, such as financial counseling. Originally envisioned as a three-year program when announced in August 2012, Bank of America reached its 1,000th military home donation more than a year ahead of schedule. The bank will continue the program, officials said.


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