El Cajon - June 14, 2012
Retired Navy Seal Elliott John Miller was on his fourth deployment in Iraq providing cover to a Marine patrol when he was seriously injured by a grenade explosion. As his fellow soldiers carried him to the safety of a medical vehicle, another roadside bomb exploded wounding him even more severely. This changed his life forever.
Wells Fargo and the Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF) are committed to helping veterans, like Miller, who have served their country and have special needs as a result of that service. The goal of their efforts is to help successfully transition these veterans back to civilian life after experiencing life-threatening injuries. For his service and sacrifice, MWSF selected Miller to receive one of their mortgage free homes donated by Wells Fargo. Miller officially received the keys to the home during a special ceremony at his new address in El Cajon, CA, where he will live with his wife and young son. The home donation was announced in 2011 during an Anaheim Ducks game.
“We are honored to assist members of the military who have served our country so bravely,” said Jerry Quinn, Military Affairs program manager at Wells Fargo. “Working with Military Warriors Support Foundation to donate homes to our veterans in need is just one of the many ways we salute our military through service. We hope the Millers will enjoy their new home and that it contributes to improving his quality of life after all he has done for our country.”
“I am grateful for Military Warriors Support Foundation and Wells Fargo Bank for this exciting gift.” Miller said. “This house will give me an opportunity to live again and have hope for life. I used to provide for my family and now I can rest easy at night knowing my wife and son will have their own secured place.”
Wells Fargo has made significant upgrades and renovations to the home to meet Miller’s specific needs as a result of his combat injuries. They include new railing throughout the property, several stainless steel ramps for wheelchair access, wider doors, a totally remodeled kitchen and bathroom, new front porch, interior and exterior painting, new driveway, landscaping and other necessities.
Real estate property donations are part of Wells Fargo’s long-standing commitment to giving back and revitalizing communities. The home Miller will receive is one of the 1,245 properties donated to families, communities and organizations 2011 alone. Wells Fargo’s donations to MWSF help to provide homes for deserving heroes, through the organization’s Homes 4Wounded Heroes program.
“MWSF is extremely pleased to work with such a great organization like Wells Fargo who has generously donated us so many homes to give to deserving heroes and their families. Relationships like this are indicative of how the nation feels about its heroes in difficult times. This is a great example of what I often say ‘together we can accomplish what we can only individually dream,’ ” said Ken Eakes, MWSF Executive Director.
Wells Fargo’s dedication to assisting members of the military goes beyond home donations. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage has made program enhancements and initiated new services to assist service members in several areas of home ownership. This includes a Military Customer Service call center and programs like Military Mortgage Express, which assists with special military financing programs that may be available to service members when buying or refinancing their home or help determine any available preferred rates when responding to Permanent Change of Station orders.
The company also went beyond compliance requirements for the federal government’s Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). Enhancements to the company’s SCRA program include: 4% interest rates for first mortgage real estate loans we own, an enhanced loan modification program, for foreclosure or repossession activities a 12-month grace period following eligible service members’ return from active duty, and a second level review and approval process.
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.3 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and other distribution channels across North America and internationally. With more than 270,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in America. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2012 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.
About Military Warriors Support Foundation
The Military Warriors Support Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Their Mission is to provide support for our nation’s wounded heroes as they transition out of the military and into their new civilian life. Through their Homes4WoundedHeroes Program, they donate 100% mortgage free homes. Included with the home is 3 years of family and financial mentoring. Their programs also include academic and employment assistance, as well as recreational activities to develop life skills that are essential to achieving success. For more information, please visit their website at MilitaryWarriors.org.
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