Chase and Operation Homefront Present Home to VeteranChase
and Operation Homefront were very excited to present a home to Sgt. James Ott and his family in North Carolina recently. The home was given to the family, mortgage-free, as part of the Homes on the Homefront
program.Learn more about Sgt. James Ott:
After being born in Madison, WI, Sgt. James Ott spent most of his childhood moving around from base to base with his father, who was in the military. The Marine base at Quantico, VA was ultimately where he spent most of his developing years. So even from a young age, James was exposed to this life and wanted nothing more than to follow in his father’s footsteps. So in June 2006, he enlisted in the Army, and soon after he found himself deployed to Iraq.
This ended up as a fifteen-month tour, and with his third child being born shortly before his 2008 deployment, it was difficult to get through. James started out working in a field artillery unit as a mechanic, but was eventually tasked with the duty of taking over as a gunner on the back of a Humvee when his friend was injured. Battling through every day took its toll, but it wasn’t until he finished up his tour and made it back home that he started noticing his injuries. Foot and neck injuries all came to surface when life slowed down for him while he was back at Ft. Hood, Texas.
“I didn’t know where to turn for support,” said James. “Trying to hold the family together while I was trying to get better myself was quite a challenge. Thankfully I found Operation Homefront who was able to support us with our medical bills, and now a new home?! I am so grateful that my family has house to grow up in, and I can focus on getting better while building for a brighter future.”
Thanks to the Homes on the Homefront program, the Ott family will move into a mortgage-free home in Raleigh, N.C. This will allow James to focus on the next chapter in his life; get healthy, be there for his family, and go back to school so he can provide for his loved ones.