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Wounded Marine Veteran Received Mortgage Free Home on Sept. 11

Kim Ruth, Houston and Texas State President of Bank of America, and Richard and Jeanne Filip of Texas Sentinels Foundation, present the house keys to Corporal Nick Perales

On Wednesday, September 11, a wounded Marine veteran, Corporal Nick Perales, received a mortgage-free home in Alvin, Texas from the Texas Sentinels Foundation and Bank of America. Perales served six years as a U.S. Marine Corps scout sniper and served two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. In February 2011, he was involved in an improvised explosive device (IED) incident where he sustained numerous injuries that resulted in a right leg amputation and a fractured left leg. During his career in the Marine Corps, he received numerous awards including a Purple Heart. Today, Corporal Perales hasn’t let his physical challenges impact his positive attitude.

Corporal Perales and his six-year old son received the keys to their new home and saw the inside for the first time. The home was not only mortgage free but was fully furnished and ADA compliant.  Bank of America donated the house to the Texas Sentinels Foundation, who spent 10 weeks gutting and rebuilding the house with volunteers.  On Sept. 11, Corporal Perales moved in with his son.  The house, which sits on approximately 1.5 acres, also includes a home office for Corporal Perales, a sports themed room for his son, a garage/work-out room, and a backyard with a fire pit.

Bank of America made a commitment to make available up to 1,000 properties by 2014 to non-profit organizations and local government programs that provide homes for military veterans and first responders.  More than 160 homes have been donated in Texas.


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