Veteran Receives Home at New York Giants GameChase
and Operation Homefront were honored to present a mortgage-free home to Navy Petty Officer Jesse Delgado and his wife Carilynn at the Giants vs. Steelers game in New York recently. They received the home as part of the Homes on the Homefront
program. “Receiving a home through Homes on the Homefront has been extremely exciting for us,” said Jesse. “Besides just being able to own a home, the financial aspect is huge to us as we are trying to get to where we would like to be financially. We are very thankful for this wonderful opportunity.”Read the Delgado's unique story of how they met:
The Navy is a melting pot of people from different walks of life. They come from different areas of the country, different educational backgrounds, and there are numerous career fields that take sailors to different locations around the world. Jesse and Carilynn Delgado were exactly that, two completely different life stories.
Jesse grew up in California and joined the Navy on September 11, 1998. He served as a Culinary Specialist in the Navy, preparing meals for sailors while stationed onboard the frigate USS Reuben James (home-ported in Hawaii) and at Naval Hospital Great Lakes, Ill. During his time on the USS Reuben James, the ship went on two deployments in which they performed drug operations off the coast of South America, and providing humanitarian aid in Southeast Asia.
Carilynn also spent time at Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill., but it was shortly after joining the Navy in 1996, as a hospital corpsman. She was also stationed at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, Calif.; Sasebo, Japan; and Oceana, Va. At no time during their respective active duty tours were Jesse and Carilynn stationed together, but their paths would finally cross after Carilynn left active duty and joined the Navy Reserve.
In 2003, Carilynn was doing her annual training for the Navy Reserve at Camp Pendleton. Jesse was sent on temporary orders from his duty station to Camp Pendleton to train Carilynn’s reserve unit to prepare food in a field hospital setting. Their time together was short but they stayed in touch after Carilynn’s training was over.
In 2006 Jesse received his honorable discharge and the two were able to focus on their lives together. Currently, Jesse works as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service and is going to school full time to get his degree in social work. Carilynn works for the Veterans Administration as a claims representative, continuing to serve her country by assisting veterans in filing disability compensation claims.
Their new home in Alliance, Ohio will give Jesse and Carilynn a place for their family to grow, while also providing stability and financial assistance to the family.
“Receiving a home through Homes on the Homefront has been extremely exciting for us,” said Jesse. “Besides just being able to own a home, the financial aspect is huge to us as we are trying to get to where we would like to be financially. We are very thankful for this wonderful opportunity.”