Operation Homefront and Chase Donate Home to Iraq Vet and Wife at Houston Astros Game
HOUSTON – It was a home game for the Astros, facing
the Colorado Rockies, but the big winner was in the stands, as Operation
Homefront and Chase donated a home to a deserving veteran of the war in
Iraq, Quintin Muirhead, a medically retired Army Specialist, and his
Just a few months into Muirhead’s deployment to Iraq in 2009, swine flu
spread among the troops. When he grew weak and went to the medic,
doctors discovered something much more serious. A number of tests
revealed he had both pneumonia and leukemia. He fell into a coma on his
way to a medical facility in Germany, where the diseases continued to
weaken his body. After two months in a coma, he awoke and the pneumonia
was gone. The leukemia, however, was not and Muirhead spent the next
few months undergoing chemotherapy.
After chemotherapy, the Muirheads were ready for a new life. But they
faced numerous challenges that made life increasingly difficult.
Operation Homefront Village in San Antonio, which provides transitional
housing for wounded heroes and their families, gave the young couple the
fresh start they needed.
The Muirheads’ new home in the Houston suburb of Katy is the first to
be given to a military family under the Homes on the Homefront program
recently launched by Operation Homefront and Chase. Under the Homes on
the Homefront program, Chase will donate at least 100 homes this year
for Wounded Warrior, military, and veteran families. Operation
Homefront will provide ongoing transitional services to the families
until such time the properties are actually deeded to the recipients.
"I can't believe they are doing this for us. This is a tremendous thing
for my family," Muirhead said immediately after the surprise
presentation at home plate. "Now we can save money, pay off our debts
and have a lot less stress in our lives."
"And have a baby," added Jennifer Muirhead, who said the family has
been waiting to get a home of their own before having children.
“We’re proud to partner with Operation Homefront in awarding homes to
members of the military and their families,” said Frank Bisignano,
JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Administrative Officer and CEO of
Mortgage Banking. “Soldiers like Specialist Muirhead have made
tremendous sacrifices for our nation, and as they move back into
civilian life in a tough economic environment, we hope that this
mortgage-free home will make that transition a little easier.”
Operation Homefront will award homes to deserving veterans and their
families based on the following requirements: 1) be active duty, Guard
or Reserve, or have been honorably discharged, 2) do not currently own a
home, 3) be financially capable of sustaining the home throughout an
initial transition period and beyond.
“This is an incredible gift from Chase to our men and women in
uniform,” said Jim Knotts, President and CEO of Operation Homefront.
“Chase’s imaginative, nation-wide approach to providing quality homes to
deserving service members and their families will make a huge
difference in how these heroes can make that difficult transition and
adjustment into productive civilian lives.”
About Homes on the Homefront: Home on the
Homefront is a program of Operation Homefront. Operation Homefront is
receiving very generous donations of homes from national lenders in 2012
to provide permanent housing to wounded warriors, surviving spouses of
fallen service members and veterans. Operation Homefront anticipates
continuing this program in 2013 and beyond. For more information, go to
About Operation Homefront: A national
nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers across
23 Chapters and has met more than 590,000 needs of military families
since its inception in 2002. A four-star rated charity by watchdog
Charity Navigator, nationally, 94 percent of total revenue donated to
Operation Homefront goes directly to assist service members. For more
information, go to www.operationhomefront.net.
About Chase: Chase has more than 7,500
employees and 218 branches in Houston. It is the U.S. consumer and
commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a
leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.3 trillion and
operations in more than 60 countries. Chase serves consumers and small
businesses through 5,400 bank branches, 16,800 ATMs, mortgage offices,
and online and mobile banking as well as through relationships with auto
dealerships and schools and universities. Chase also has issued more
than 90 million credit cards. More information about Chase is available