Operation Homefront and Chase Donate Home to Bomb-Defusing Iraq Veteran and Family
After risking his life on a daily basis defusing bombs in Iraq, it is a miracle that Sergeant Dennis Latowski has been able to make it home to be there for his family. That is why Operation Homefront and Chase are proud to donate a house to this deserving veteran through their Homes on the Homefront program.
The home is located in Brighton, MI just miles away from where he grew up. Both sides of his family are in the area, so there has been a tremendous amount of support, but this home is definitely something that he needs to get back on his feet.
After being deployed to Iraq in 2004, Dennis was assigned with one of the highest risk jobs anyone could be tasked with, defusing IEDs (improvised explosive devices or roadside bombs). Then one night, an unexpected explosion caught his platoon off guard, and sent Dennis to the ground with shrapnel blasting away his face.
Still recovering from his wounds, Dennis has found himself disabled from the lingering effects of his traumatic brain injury (TBI). The blast he was exposed to, along with the daily high levels of stress, have also caused him to develop a severe case of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The prevailing memory loss has made it increasingly difficult for him to hold down a steady job and support his wife, Jenifer, with their three year old son, Hunter.
“Every day we at Operation Homefront work with heroes like Sgt. Latowski,” said Jim Knotts, President and CEO of Operation Homefront. “Making their lives a little less challenging back home is our top priority, and having a partner like Chase donate a home for this family shows their commitment to our military families.”
“I just thought they were going to help me with financing, but we would still have a mortgage to pay,” said a grateful Sgt. Latowski. “Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that they would donate a mortgage-free home for my family. This is truly a blessing for my wife and son, while allowing me the chance to focus on recovering from war.”
Wounded Warriors and Veterans interested in the Homes on the Homefront program can learn more at HomesOnTheHomefront.org