Veteran, family presented with new, mortgage-free home in Canyon Falls

Meritage Homes President – Central Region, Rick Harvey, presents the key to a brand new mortgage-free home to U.S. Army Specialist William Robbin, his wife Nikki and their three children, just in time for Veterans Day. Meritage Homes built the home for the family as part of Operation Homefront’s Homes on the Homefront program. (Photo courtesy of Meritage Homes)

A U.S. military veteran and his family received a mortgage-free home in the Canyon Falls neighborhood last week, just in time for Veterans Day.

Operation Homefront and Meritage Homes Corporation teamed up to thank U.S. Army Specialist William Robbin with a brand new home in Northlake, according to a Meritage news release. The Robbin family were presented with the key to their new home at a ceremony on Thursday.

William Robbin, who was born in Dallas, enlisted in the Army in 2007 and served as a cavalry scout. He patrolled the streets of Baghdad in 2008 and carried out multiple missions throughout his service in Iraq. Robbin was honorably discharged in 2012 after suffering from traumatic brain injury and daily seizures.

“It’s such a blessing and still feels like a dream every day,” he said. “Thank you, Operation Homefront and Meritage Homes, for everything you do for veterans.”

Nikki Robbin leads her husband and children into their new mortgage-free home for the first time. (Photo courtesy of Meritage Homes)

The three-bedroom home — the first one the Robbins have owned — is complete with a two-car garage, private study, covered outdoor living area — and no mortgage. It also includes a wide array of money-saving features and appliances, as well as an advanced home automation package, according to Meritage. William Robbin will live there with his wife, Nikki, their three children and his service dog.

Since its inception in 2012, Operation Homefront has worked with homebuilders and lenders to place nearly 600 military veterans and their families in mortgage-free homes. This is the eleventh new home Meritage Homes has built and donated to veterans through the Homes on the Homefront program.

Meritage Homes Corporation and Operation Homefront joined forces to thank a military veteran with this new, mortgage-free home in the Canyon Falls master-planned community in Northlake. (Photo courtesy of Meritage Homes)

“We are thrilled to be partnered with Meritage and, for the eleventh time with this amazing homebuilder, be able to award a deserving military family a new mortgage-free home,” said Brig. Gen. (ret.) John I. Pray, Jr., president and CEO of Operation Homefront. “The entire Meritage team shares our unwavering commitment to supporting our military families and together, we are giving this very special group of our fellow Americans the opportunity to thrive, not simply struggle to get by, in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.”


Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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