RE/MAX DFW Associates in Flower Mound is partnering with the Texas Sentinels Foundation to build a mortgage-free, debt-free home for a severely wounded veteran.
On his fourth tour of duty in Afghanistan, Sgt. Erich Ellis, US Marine stepped upon an Improvised Explosive Device while on a United States Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command deployment in June 2012.
Ellis underwent 10 surgeries within the first 30 days of his injury, which resulted in the amputation of his right leg from the knee down, Ellis was awarded the Purple Heart for his sacrifice and courageous service.
As team leader of the project, RE/MAX DFW Associates named Ellis as the latest recipient of the Texas Sentinel Foundation, Mortgage-Free Home in the north Dallas-Fort Worth area.
“We can never repay these severely injured young men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. However, we can show our appreciation for their sacrifice by assisting them on the path to a mortgage free, fully furnished home through donations to the Texas Sentinels Foundation,” said RE/MAX DFW Associates Frisco Office Manager Mal Smith in a news release.
The Texas Sentinels Foundation scholarship program was developed to assist members of the U.S. Armed Forces who were severely wounded or injured in the line of duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001, according to the release. The program helps recipients re-adjust to civilian life in their hometowns.
Scholarship recipients receive assistance with mortgage-free housing, new furniture and other household supplies, career placement assistance and training, new adaptive vehicles based on need and financial and personal mentorship.
“Never before in this nation has a comprehensive scholarship of this kind been offered to the members of our Armed Forces who return to us severely wounded or injured,” stated Texas Sentinels Foundation Executive Officer Susie Barlow.
The Texas Sentinels Foundation contributed more than $1.2 million to wounded warriors and their families and awarded five new mortgage-free, debt-free, ADA compliant, fully-furnished homes to Texas-based wounded veterans in 2013.
The Texas Sentinels Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax deductible. For information on how to help, visit www.texassentinels.org.