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Meritage, Operation Homefront Present Veteran Mortgage-Free Home

unnamedOperation Homefront [1] and Meritage Homes Corporation [2] recently presented a Dallas-area veteran and his family with a brand-new energy-efficient—and mortgage-free—home.

U.S. Army Specialist William Robbin received the keys to his new home at a ceremony in Northlake, Texas.

This is the first home that the Robbins will own as a family, and it will provide William, his wife, three children, and service dog with a comfortable place to live for many years to come.

"We are thrilled to be partnered with Meritage and, for the eleventh time with this amazing home builder, be able to award a deserving military family a new mortgage-free home,” said Brig. Gen. (ret.) John I. Pray, Jr., President and CEO of Operation Homefront. “The entire Meritage team shares our unwavering commitment to supporting our military families and together, we are giving this very special group of our fellow Americans the opportunity to thrive, not simply struggle to get by, in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.”

Robbin enlisted in the Army in 2007 and served as a cavalry scout. By 2008, he was patrolling the streets of Baghdad and carried out multiple missions throughout his service in Iraq. Robbin was honorably discharged in 2012 after suffering from traumatic brain injury and daily seizures.

“It’s such a blessing and still feels like a dream every day,” he said. “Thank you, Operation Homefront and Meritage Homes, for everything you do for veterans.”

Since its inception in 2012, Operation Homefront has worked with home builders and lenders to place nearly 600 military veterans and their families in mortgage-free homes. This is the eleventh new home Meritage Homes has built and donated to veterans through the Homes on the Homefront program.

“Giving the home to a Dallas-area veteran is a point of pride for Meritage Homes employees,” said Division President Stephanie MacLean. “Our continued partnership with Operation Homefront allows us to help military families in need and give them a safe place to call home. We want to thank the Robbin family for their sacrifice and are excited to hand them the keys to their brand-new home.”