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AMERICAN DREAM OF OWNING A HOME COMES TRUE FOR ARMY SERGEANT AT FORT RILEY, KANSAS

Local non-profit organization "Welcome Home to Heroes" puts $5,000 down on a home for military family of five
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JUNCTION CITY, Kansas (June 20, 2006) - It was a Father's Day gift that Army Sgt. Michael Guardiola will never forget, because it gave his family a place to call home for the first time in almost eight years of military service.

The electronic repair technician from Fort Riley received the keys to a new home in The Village at Freedom Place during a day-long celebration today sponsored by the local homebuilder, SAF-America and American Dream Development. A $5,000 down-payment was made on the 1,700-square-foot town home by a newly launched program known as "Welcome Home to Heroes Foundation."

"I've wanted a place of my own for a long time," said Guardiola, a 31-year-old soldier who with his wife, Cheryl, have three children under the age of six. "Now I feel like I'm building a future for myself and my family. It's comforting to know that I am providing for them in the long term, as opposed to just renting or being in base housing. We're going to earn equity now, instead of throwing away our money for housing."

That may sound obvious to anyone who is buying their first home, but for decades home ownership has been elusive for many military families. In the past, frequent moves often discouraged service members from purchasing a home, not to mention the maintenance issues for their spouses when they were training or deployed overseas for long periods of time.

However, a few years ago the Army relaxed its policy to allow troops to remain at a base longer and more soldiers are taking advantage of that change to join the ranks of American home owners.

A military veteran, local developer Jeff Burton wanted to give a boost to service members - as well as other "heroes" such as firefighters, police, teachers and nurses - who might have trouble purchasing their first home. So he started the "Welcome Homes to Heroes Foundation," which raises money towards their down payment through donations and fundraisers.

"I love this mission - building homes for soldiers and helping them buy that first home to build equity for their future," said
Burton, who founded American Dream

Army Sgt. Michael Guardiola's Home made possible by the Welcome Home Heroes Foundationspace

Homes two years ago. "We're what you might call authentic patriots. These people who make sacrifices for our country deserve a slice of the American Dream."

Burton's goal is to build high quality housing that was affordable for working families. Through techniques learned from his experience at large national builders such as KB Homes and Richmond Homes, his company builds new homes well under the market price at about $144,000 for a base model four-bedroom home.

The Village at Freedom Place includes a retail shopping area, a community pool and other amenities such as open space and a playground. There is a Home Owners Association that takes care of all landscaping and outdoor maintenance - a plus for military personnel who can be away from their home for months.

"It's a huge asset to know my wife doesn't have to mow the lawn or fix anything major while she's taking care of three kids and I'm not around," Guardiola said. "I don't have to worry about that."

But as his family eagerly examined the framework of their new home, which will be ready in 10 weeks, it was clear yard work wasn't the only thing on his mind. "This is my fifth duty station in eight years," Guardiola said. "I see this as giving my family something more permanent. Even if I have to move, we plan to keep this place. It's a place we can always come back to, something to hold on to besides an old photograph."



Media Contact:
Genevieve Anton
Anton Communications Inc.
714-544-6503 p 714-290-7040 c ganton@antonpr.com

   


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