Bank of America (BAC) has donated more than 240 homes in Florida to military veterans, including three who received Purple Hearts.
One recipient, retired Army Sgt. Marcus Ziegler, received a Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge and National Defense Service Medal, after sustaining multiple injuries in Afghanistan. Others included retired Army Staff Sgt. Socheat Mom, who served from October 2007 to April 2014 and received a Purple Heart for his service in Afghanistan; and retired U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Michael Leslie who received a Purple Heart and Combat Action Ribbon for his service in Iraq.
The bank donated the properties this week as part of a three-year commitment to donate more than 1,000 homes to nonprofit groups nationwide that provide services to members of the military or first responders. The bank has already surpassed that target a year ahead of schedule and said in April that it intends to continue the program.
"The property donation program is an important aspect of our commitment to support our veterans and the communities where we work and live," said Mike Fields, Florida state president for Bank of America.
Most of the donated homes had been abandoned by their previous owners and then renovated. Recipients live in the homes mortgage-free.
B of A's partners in the military program include Habitat for Humanity, HomeStrong USA and the Military Warriors Support Foundation, a national organization that helps wounded veterans transition to civilian life.